The Broadway Theatre
|Capacity||341 seated on two levels|
|Opened||1936 (renovated 2004)|
|Architect||Herbert Jackson & Reginald Edmonds. Tim Foster Architects (2004 regeneration)|
The Broadway is a performance venue in Barking town centre. Previously known as The Broadway Theatre, the building was previously a 'municipal hall' known as Barking Assembly Hall, forming part of Barking Town Hall.
It is now an arts centre and auditorium with a capacity of 341, designed by Tim Foster Architects. The venue is managed by an independent trust, with registered charitable status, and is aiming to improve access to arts facilities in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the surrounding areas of east London.
In 1971, the renowned Canadian singer songwriter Neil Young recorded two tracks from Harvest, his best selling and most famous album, at the Broadway when it was known as Barking Assembly Hall (but is cred as Barking Town Hall on the album notes.) Young recorded these two tracks "A Man Needs a Maid" and "There's a World" for his Harvest album in Barking with Jack Nitzsche and the London Symphony Orchestra. in March 1971. The album was released on 1 February 1972.