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.


Our Autumn Season is soon to begin and what treats we have in store! SHARKLEGS come to play with their new award-winning production and CARDBOARD CITIZENS return with a  challenging and thought-provoking play. There's lots to come, with productions to satisfy all persuasions, including never before seen adaptations of Bradbury's infamous FAHRENHEIT 451 and Bartlett's unsettling dystopian play titled simply 13. 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!




Sharklegs presents


Thurs 6 Oct 2016, 19:30pm


If you had a finite number of heartbeats, how would you make each beat count?


Gavin feels a flutter in his heart. Is it heartburn? Is it that girl across the room? Or is it a malformation of his heart – a sticky, red time bomb? Gavin is given a life-changing diagnosis. Hiding in his shed, he assesses his entire life. What has he done with those beats? Which has he thrown away? And how many did he lose when she broke his heart?

Combining comedy with a moving, whimsical story, this unique new show is influenced every night by the collective heartbeats of the audience.


THE INEVITABLE HEARTBREAK OF GAVIN PLIMSOLE by Sharklegs Theatre Company: Winner of the 2016 Les Enfants Terribles Edinburgh Award


7:30pm ~ £10 / £8 concession




Cardboard Citizens presents


Mon 24 Oct 2016, 19:30pm


Settled …. Until suddenly you’re not…

Candid, poignant and intimate, this new play by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor offers a timely reflection on the social impact of spiralling rents and forced relocation.


Acclaimed Theatre Company Cardboard Citizens presents this powerful and emotive Forum Theatre show, provoking discussion and debate, inspired by Ken Loach’s pioneering drama, Cathy Come Home.


7:30pm ~ £10 / £8 concession



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We are proud members of the MaxCard scheme, creating memories for young people and their families! 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:   10am-3pm

WED:    10am-3pm

THURS:  10am-3pm

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.