what's on


Welcome to the Clifftown Theatre & Studios website. Built in 1865 with its magnificent gothic bell tower and stunning fascia, Clifftown United Reformed Church has been one of the finest sites in Southend for over a century. Purchased in 2008, it was transformed into a stunning state-of-the-art Theatre and performance space and awarded the Southend Society's 'Clifftown Award' for 2010. With 5 rehearsal studios and a dynamic theatre space, Clifftown Theatre & Studios has given rise to a diverse range of shows, workshops, summer schools, community events and professional touring productions, and is home to the world renowned East 15 Acting School.


With the dark evenings drawing ever closer, don't let the joys of summer be a distant memory! Instead, why not treat yourself to the warmth and bright lights of our spectacular autumn season? Let our ecclectic mix of the fun and farcical, the bawdy and extraordinary, the dark and the devious, warm those autumn chills! Here at Clifftown, we dare to be different, and we dare you to join us...


Want more info? Just click on the show title in the 'What's On' box to find out more!




Flabberghast Theatre present 


Thurs 1st Oct, 7:30pm


Simply the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage present for your viewing pleasure a plethora of pleasing plays and skits! Expect riotous exploits, malarkey, molestation and mirth. An improvised crossover cabaret featuring Bunraku Puppetry and character comedy for discerningly twisted adult audiences.


***** Three Weeks: An audience that is flabberghasted, left in awe, astonishment and fits of laughter!

***** Edinburgh Guide: An irresistible combination of child’s play and the seedy late night rendez-vous 




Wed 7th Oct, 8:00pm


“I was born on 18th December 1988. I dressed up as a bandicoot once. I was diagnosed with cancer 2,102,000 minutes ago…”

Toby has come to deliver his Eulogy. Join him as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club; sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life-saving stem cell machine. From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment; experience a young man’s journey with cancer in this honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the human body; discovery of self-mortality and celebration of life!


***** Edinburgh Evening News: Inspiring and uplifting

**** The Skinny: Fiercely honest, fiercely brave, fiercely moving!



It couldn’t be easier to get free tickets!

1)   Get your free Loyalty Card from the Box Office.

2)   Collect the stamps.

3)   Collect 9 stamps; get your 10th ticket free!



We are proud members of the MaxCard scheme, creating memories for young people and their fmailies! For more information, please call 01702 328335.


From adults to children, and from the traditional to the unusual, Clifftown Theatre offers something for everyone to enjoy!




TUES:   9am-5pm

WED:    9am-5pm


If calling outside of these hours please leave a voice message and someone will reply to your query shortly. Alternatively, you can book online or email us at clifftown@essex.ac.uk


Already know which show you'd like to see? Why not CLICK HERE to go straight through to the Box Office online booking service. NB:  please call The Box Office to book specific seats, and to discuss any mobility issues or special needs: 01702 328335