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Applecart Theatre
Our first creative performance space
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In January 2017, Applecart took 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 has maintained the community links with the building, still providing space for local charities and organisations, 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 are going into developing the creative use of the building: upgrading the premises into a state of the art venue available for everyone to enjoy. Developments include refurbished and upgraded facilities and spaces, and the installation of a lift to increase accessibility around the building. 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 Littlewood Theatre has a capacity of 100 - 120 people, an inbuilt stage area but also a flexible set up.

Room Size: 8.5m x 13m

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

Get in touch:
As a performance space: Peter Moreton or Will Alder
As an event space/rehearsal room: Joan Tardiel

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The Cafe

The Applecart Cafe

The Applecart Cafe: The social core of Applecart

* Please note the cafe is currently closed to the public until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience *
The Cafe is open during the week for light lunches and refreshments.

We opened our cafe in March 2017 and since then it has grown into the cosy, welcoming space it is today. For music nights, craft workshops, quizzes, and performances, plus our box office and fully licensed theatre bar, the Applecart Cafe is the place to find out what's going on!

Pop into the cafe sometime and pick up a coffee and maybe some cake! Talk to our friendly team members about how you can make the most of your visit to Applecart.

Next read about our Rehearsal Spaces
Rehearsal Spaces

In addition to the Theatre space we have three rehearsal rooms, which can be used for theatre rehearsals, auditions, workshops, meetings & conferences. We can provide tables and chairs for all our rehearsal spaces. The prices listed below are for use of the rooms for rehearsals and meetings. For use of the rooms as event spaces, please contact Joan Tardiel at joan@applecartarts.com.

The Littlewood Theatre

The Littlewood Theatre is our biggest space with a wooden floor and is ideal for larger rehearsals and workshops. Please note, different rates apply for the theatre as a performance space. Please contact Peter Moreton or Will Alder for details.

Size: 13m x 8.5m
Capacity: 100 - 120 seated
Step-free access - ground floor with ramps
Small kitchenette
Lighting & Sound system - additional cost

Monday - Friday (10am - 6pm)
£28 per hour / £168 per day
£670 per week

Weekday Evening (6pm -> )
£31 per hour (min 3 hrs)

Saturday & Sunday
£31 per hour (min 3 hrs) / £210 per day

The Old Church Room

The Old Church Room is a lovely open carpeted hall. It is perfect for workshops, rehearsals, informal performances and presentations.

Size: 8.8m x 12.2m
Capacity: 100 seated
Step-free access - ground floor with ramps
Small kitchenette available

Monday - Sunday (10am - 6pm)
£23 per hour / £138 per day

£565 per week (Mon - Fri)

Evening (6pm -> )
£30 per hour (min 3hrs)

The Boleyn Room

The Boleyn Room is a new addition to Applecart and has a hard wood floor. It is ideal for small scale rehearsals, workshops and auditions as well as informal presentations.

Size: 7.6m x 4.6m
Capacity: 25 seated
No step-free access - second floor

Monday - Sunday (10am - 6pm)
 £18 per hour / £108 per day

£462 per week (Mon - Fri)

The Pipe Room

Our small rehearsal room has beautiful stained windows and is perfect for smaller workshops, rehearsals, readings and auditions.

Size: 3.8m x 6.7m

Capacity: 20 seated
No step-free access - first floor

Monday - Sunday (10am - 6pm)
 £16.50 per hour / £95 per day

£410 per week (Mon - Fri)


All our studios and offices are full right now. Please check back at a later date for availability.

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 or email us:
For performance space hire: Peter Moreton or Will Alder
For event or rehearsal space hire: Joan Tardiel

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Resident Companies

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

They include:

  • Compost London
  • SuzanArt Pottery
  • Fenyce - creating participatory digital environments that provide immersive experiences for the arts
  • Citizens UK
  • Bajuni Women Advocacy Group - providing advice and support to Bangladeshi and Somalian women
  • Women’s Keep Fit
  • Bengali Saturday School (providing language, English and Maths tuition)
  • 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 three church worshipping communities