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Applecart Theatre
Our first creative performance space
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Applecart has taken over the management of the well-loved Harold Road Community Centre in Upton Park in the hope of keeping the building open and saving it from demolition.

The venue is comprised of a beautiful old Methodist Church, built in 1902 and a more modern community hall built in the 1950s and offers a variety of spaces and facilities.

Applecart Arts will maintain the community links with the building, still providing space for local charities and organisation, whilst at the same time developing a new theatre, studio and rehearsal spaces as well as a café and box office. We’re hoping this will create sufficient revenue to keep the building open and renovate it in such a way that it meets the highest modern standards of safety and accessibility.

Over the next few years all our fundraising efforts will go into developing the creative use of the building: upgrading the premises into a state of the art venue available for everyone to enjoy. We’re delighted that our plans have the support of the Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres:

“Cultural facilities play an important role in the local community, both through their role as a place for entertainment, and also by supporting shared social activity and wellbeing through engagement in the arts. This is particularly relevant within the London Borough of Newham, which has relatively few cultural facilities of the nature proposed, compared to other parts of London.”

Applecart Arts hopes to build on our already strong community partnerships whilst extending an invitiation to more visitors, artists and creative companies.

We look forward to welcoming you. Come and visit us, see the centre evolve and become part of our community!

Next read about Our Theatre
The Theatre

The Theatre has a capacity of 100- 120 people, an inbuilt stage area but also a flexible set up thanks to the pop-up theatre rostra kindly lent to us by our associated company So and So Arts Club.

Room Size: 8.5m x 13m

Pop- up Rostra: 3.05mx4.88m

Perfect for performances, large rehearsals and workshops, conferences and presentations.

Hire from £25 per hour / £130 a day (Contact us for charity rates)

Next read about the Café
The Cafe

Applecart Café is now open!

Come along and try us out!

We've worked hard to make our café is a wonderful place to meet and relax. We'll be hosting numerous events such as storytelling lunches, spoken word nights, singer/songwriter performances and much more.

Join our mailing list to keep up to date with events or, even better, pop in and ask one of our friendly baristas!

Next read about our Rehearsal Spaces
Rehearsal Spaces

In addition to the Theatre space we have two rehearsal room spaces which could both be used for exhibiting performance and visual artwork.

The Old Church Room

The Big Rehearsal Room is a lovely open carpeted hall with a small kitchenette attached. It is perfect for workshops, rehearsals, informal performances and presentations.

We can provide you with tables and chairs or leave the room empty as needed.

Size: 8.8m x12.2m
Capacity: 100 seated
Hire from £18.50 per hour/ £100 per day
(Contact us for charity rates)

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The Pipe Room

Our lovely Small Rehearsal Room has beautiful stained windows and is perfect for smaller workshops, rehearsals, readings and auditions.

Size: 3.8mx6.7m

Capacity: 25 seated

Hire from £15 per hour (business rate) / £10 per hour (charity rate)

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Studios/Offices

At present we have three Studio / Office spaces available:

Room 1

Room 1 is a perfect office for a small company or a lovely studio space for a solo artist.

Size: 14.81 square meters
Capacity: 4 people
Price per month: £256

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Room 2

Room 2 is divided into two different sections. It has access to the balcony. Great for companies working on different projects or artist who need storage space alongside their work.

Size: 35.06 square meters
Capacity: 8 people
Price per month: £567

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Room 5

Room 5 fits two desks for a small company or a small studio for an artist.

Size: 7.93 square meters
Capacity: 2 people
Price per month: £163

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Venue Hire

All of our spaces are available for hire. Whether you’re wanting to throw a party, host a meeting, show a film, or produce a performance we’ll be happy to provide you with the facilities and support you need.

Spaces available include:

The Theatre
The Old Church Room
The Pipe Room

Don’t hesitate to call us and discuss your requirements.

Next read about our Resident Companies
Resident Companies

Looking for a creative space to run your company?
See our available studios here

Community

Applecart Arts is proud to support the local community.
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Applecart Arts welcomes numerous groups into the building, supporting a wide range of people of all ages, ethnicities and faith groups.

At present the Centre is home to over twenty user groups all of whom provide support, advice, training and care to people across Newham. These groups include:

  • Bajuni Women Advocacy Group (providing advice and support to Bangladeshi and Somalian women)
  • The East London JKA Karate Club
  • Over 60’s Club
  • Women’s Keep Fit
  • Bengali Saturday School (providing language, English and Maths tuition)
  • Early Days English (providing literacy classes)
  • Aim Skills Development Group (providing training and apprenticeships)
  • Globe Youth Limited (providing advice, support and tuition)
  • Thamescare Limited (providing employment advice and support)
  • Ace Tutors (providing English Maths & Science Classes)
  • Fun Fitness (providing a health programme of boxing and circuit training)
  • Future Stars Community (providing advice support and tuition)
  • Vanza Mandal (religious community group)
  • Brahma Kumaris (a religious meditation/yoga group)
  • ESOL training
  • The building is also home to five church worshipping communities
  • UK Citizens