Unlike the mute pantomime’s namesake, there’s never a hushed time at the Harlequin Theatre & Cinema. Weekends are choc-a-block; Cheap Tuesdays are a smash; and the pantomime scores Decembers as the hottest month – last year saw Dave Myers from the Hairy Bikers spanking the boards as Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
Flinging its doors open 30 years ago, and recently engrossed in refurbishing both its interior and exterior, The Harlequin entices the locals with an all-embracing entertainment menu of comedy, musicals, ballet, live music, opera and film – there really is something for everyone.
Elizabeth Smith, Theatre Manager, says. “There’s Baby Club on Wednesday for under 18 month year olds and their new mums; subtitles on major releases on Sundays; silver screenings on Thursdays with tea and cake for the over 60’s; Saturday family films for £3 a seat; Autism-friendly film viewings where the lights remain on and everyone is free to get up and move around if they wish. Last year saw the launch of Dementia Friendly viewings where a member of the Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to offer support and answer any questions.”
Booking is easy peasy on the website or over the phone, and the cafe is open in the day until 3pm, then re-opens as a bar for a sneaky pre-screen tipple.
The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema
Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN