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!
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)
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!
In addition to the Theatre space we have two rehearsal room spaces which could both be used for exhibiting performance and visual artwork.
At present we have three Studio / Office spaces available:
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 Old Church Room
The Pipe Room
Don’t hesitate to call us and discuss your requirements.
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: