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Towngate LIVE

Enjoy the wonder of Towngate at home with Towngate Live children’s stories, shows, quizzes and more…

While the world outside’s a little bit odd and a little bit sad, the Towngate team will be streaming you a little Towngate happiness to enjoy live at home.

We’ll be bubbling a little digital delight down your broadband to bring you laughs, wonder and a bedtime story or two along the way. Check back here for the latest schedule.

We are The Towngate Theatre

We hope you enjoy watching our ‘movie’ which shows how we have adapted since lockdown

Needless to say, it has been a challenging couple of months for the Towngate team. These certainly are unprecedented times that we are living in, and previously we never would have imagined that an unexpected set of circumstances would result in us closing the doors of our beloved theatre for any extended amount of time.

However, we have pulled together as a team to continue to provide the best service possible for our valuable audiences. With that in mind, we wanted to show you how the Towngate have all adapted over the past few months. The Towngate staff have created this short ‘movie’, which we hope you enjoy watching!

Panto Pub Quiz!

Watch and play along as Dame Luke brings a dash of panto sparkle direct to your living room!

We are thrilled to announce that from Friday 22 May @ 7pm, we invite you all to join us in our very first (virtual, of course) – Panto Pub Quiz! Hosted by the fabulous Luke Coldham (who you may recognise as Nigella the Ugly Sister from Cinderella 2014-15 and also the star of our hugely popular Adult Pantomimes), we hope to bring a dash of panto sparkle direct to your homes! If you’re busy then not to worry, you can catch up and play along anytime you like afterwards!
This video will be be available on to screen on our YouTube channel – remember to Subscribe and click the Bell icon, so you don’t miss out on any more fun videos!

Download a copy of the Questions here
Download a copy of the Answers here

Panto Steps with Shauna!

Follow and learn our Dance Tutorial from Dick Whittington!

PREMIERE ON FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020 @ 11AM!
Thank you to our lovely Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer, Shauna Olley, for recording this dance tutorial which featured in our magical pantomime – Dick Whittington 2019/20! We hope you all enjoy practising at home, we’d love to see clips of your routines if you’d like to send them to our Facebook (@towngate), Twitter (@towngatetheatre) or Instagram (@towngatetheatre).
This video will be be available to watch anytime on our YouTube channel – remember to Subscribe and click the Bell icon, so you don’t miss out on any more fun videos!

Face Painting with Jenine!

Learn some fantastic face painting designs! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more fun!

Thanks so much to the talented Jenine Stacey, partner of lovely Mark from the Towngate’s Stage Door, for creating these fantastic face painting tutorials for you all to enjoy at home! All Jenine’s videos will also be uploaded to the Towngate’s YouTube channel for you to watch and practice anytime you like! To see them all, select the Playlist called Face Painting with Jenine!
Remember to Subscribe and click the bell icon, then you’ll be notified when we upload more fun videos for you all to enjoy at home! You can check out more of Jenine’s work on her Facebook page​

Blackeyed Theatre return this October!

Jekyll & Hyde 12 & 13 October 2020

We are thrilled that the fabulous Blackeyed Theatre will return to the Towngate in October 2020 with their incredible production of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Catch up with Blackeyed cast members, Paige Round and Ashley Sean-Cook, as they give a behind-the-scenes insight into touring life and all things gothic. And are they more Jekyll or Hyde…?

Tickets are on sale now, for information on school bookings please email towngateboxoffice@basildon.gov.uk

Jekyll & Hyde Preview from their Creative Team

Brought to you by Blackeyed Theatre

Catch up with Blackeyed Theatre’s preview of the much anticipated autumn revival of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde told through the eyes of Director Nick Lane, Composer Tristan Parkes and Costume Designer Naomi Gibbs. This is a must-see for anyone studying Jekyll & Hyde and for anyone interested in working behind-the-scenes on a theatrical production.

Tickets are on sale now, for information on school bookings please email towngateboxoffice@basildon.gov.uk

Panto comes back early!

Dick Whittington 11am Sat April 18th – Midnight Monday 20th April 2020

We start with the fun dial turned up to ten with PANTO. We’re streaming our Christmas 2019 production of Dick Whittington starring Simon Fielding FREE all weekend from 11am on Saturday 18 April 2020 until midnight on Monday 20 April 2020. Watch on the Towngate’s YouTube channel @towngatetheatre and if you can, there’s an opportunity to donate to Motivated Minds and the NHS via the links on the YouTube page.

Video produced by All Media Works.

Tell me a story

Favourite children’s story books read to you by the Towngate’s very own Hayley

If the kids are feeling a bit cooped up let our Education and Outreach Leader Hayley take them into a world of imaginative delight with classic stories like the Gruffalo brought vividly to life. Enjoy Towngate stories at bedtime or any time you fancy. We’re adding more stories each week on the Towngate Stories page.

We’ll also be publishing stories on our Facebook (@towngate) and Instagram channels (@towngatetheatre) please feel free to like, share and comment!