Purchased by the University of Essex in 2008, the Clifftown Theatre & Studios has been the home of East 15 Acting School since January 2009. The stunning converted gothic church has been sympathetically renovated to incorporate 5 large studios, 2 seminar rooms, a wardrobe department, props store and workshop, foyer bar and a state-of-the-art, 200 seat Theatre. The building has been awarded a ‘Conservation Award’ via the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Design Awards 2009, with particular praise given to the ‘subtle integration into the street-scene, the intimate theatre space and the care taken to retain and record historic features’.
Located a short walk from Southend’s main high street and within a beautiful conservation area, The Clifftown Theatre & Studios is a unique theatre space with the ability to accommodate a diverse range of activities, from gallery displays and community workshops to local interest seminars and, of course, inspiring theatre productions; both by East 15 Acting School students, and professional touring companies.
The Theatre and Studios are available for hire. The unique capabilities of the Clifftown Theatre & Studios separates it from all other local theatres and offers the hirer a chance to work in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility complete with administrative, technical and Box Office support as required. Clifftown Theatre also offers the potential for the sale of drinks from its fully equipped and licensed bar, a fully accessible ground floor and ample car parking at the rear of the building. NB: Clifftown Studios & Theatre has disabled access and facilities on the ground floor, but does not have disabled access to Balcony seating.