Inspired by the rolling Chiltern Hills, the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is a landmark, new building which has attracted international interest in the world of architecture and construction.
Inspired by the rolling Chiltern Hills, the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre can be found in the heart of Aylesbury.
On 24 April 2009, Aylesbury-raised actress Lynda Bellingham marked the completion of the highest part of the building work with a traditional topping out ceremony.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre was officially opened on 12 October 2010 by Cilla Black. The launch was marked with an open air live event hosted by Jonathan Wilkes and Suzanne Shaw. Guests included David Suchet, Simon Callow, Ruby Wax, Susan Hampshire and Richard O'Brien. Monty Python star and Spamalot writer Eric Idle sent a pre-recorded message to mark the occasion. The theatre marked the start of the town's regeneration.
Since opening, the theatre has boasted a dynamic and diverse programme of live performances, with visitors enjoying world-class entertainment including electrifying West End productions, unparalleled comedy, stunning dance and the best children’s shows.
Much more than just a theatre, the multi-functional venue has hosted conferences, meetings, Live Screenings and more intimate performances in the Second Space, alongside weddings, workshops, art exhibitions, roller discos and Big Band dance nights.
As a tribute to the late Ronnie Barker, who began his theatrical career in Aylesbury, a bronze statue showing him in character as Norman Stanley Fletcher sits at the entrance to the theatre, sculpted by Martin Jennings.