Stanley Halls


Review: Leave ‘Em Laughing at Stanley Halls, 6th May 2018

Posted on May 15th, by Barnaby Powell in Culture. No Comments

An evening of humour and wit in South Norwood

When asked about the position of the poet in society, Dylan Thomas replied: “Definitely vertical!”. By this token, stand-up comedians are the poets of boundless notion. Their trick is to remain firmly erect on stage, by building an untoppled tower of amusement with words. Unlike the stand-up, bar-room row, the challenging exchange between the crafty jester and his/her … Read More »



Event review: Cinderella And The Beanstalk at Stanley Halls

Posted on December 20th, by Andrew Graham in Culture. No Comments

An excellent, funny, traditional-modern combo – which didn’t quite connect with its young audience

 Cinderella And The Beanstalk is the work of the Sleeping Trees company, described as ‘a delectable cocktail of your favourite pantomimes’ and featuring a range of familiar characters including Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, Jack and – naturally – his cow. It was on at Stanley Halls from 1st to 10th … Read More »



Event review: Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association presents Into The Woods at Stanley Halls, 25th-28th October

Posted on November 2nd, by Rob Preston in Culture. No Comments

Darker than Disney, as ghoulish as Grimm… CODA triumphs at Stanley Halls

It has been nine years since CODA last performed at the grand and historic Stanley Halls in Norwood. That show was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the company has chosen another classic from Stephen Sondheim for their latest production, Into the Woods. And sure enough, four of the men from Sweeney are … Read More »



Becoming Bette Davis: Gill Manly on her forthcoming role at Stanley Halls

Posted on September 29th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Jazz diva Gill Manly talks about her starring role in the South London Theatre production of Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain at Stanley Halls

Gill Manly is a familiar figure on the jazz scene, with a number of very well received albums in her musical portfolio. So when I met Gill at wonderful independent coffee shop Smoothbean! and asked about her move into acting, her answer came as something … Read More »



Event review: Steve Knightley plays Stanley Halls, South Norwood, Friday 17th March

Posted on March 23rd, by Anne Giles in Culture. 2 comments

A memorable night of folk music at Stanley Halls

My husband Steve and I went to the Stanley Halls in South Norwood a few days’ ago to see singer-songwriter Steve Knightley, who we have known for years, doing one of his solo gigs. Steve is also part of the Show of Hands partnership, with Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes.

At fourteen, he began playing acoustic guitar … Read More »



Croydon’s cultural innovators

Posted on February 24th, by Tom Black in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s artists are pushing boundaries as much as their counterparts in business

Croydon’s innovating. Even the haters have admitted it at this point. The borough has now got more tech hubs than it has branches of Wimpy, you can buy Korean fried chicken from a shipping container, and now we even have a high-tech car park not unlike the one at the end of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. … Read More »



Theatre review: ‘Scarborough’, Stanley Halls

Posted on November 21st, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 2 comments

It’s not fair: Scarborough fails to excite

I suspect that the tourist board in Scarborough may have mixed feelings about being the name of a new-ish play by Fiona Evans. Of course, there’s that famous saying that ‘all publicity is good publicity’ – but having a Scarborough B&B depicted as a location where PE teachers take their pupils for a dirty weekend is perhaps not how they’d … Read More »



The changers of Croydon need businesses like Bobski’s Kitchen

Posted on September 30th, by Tom Black in Economics & Business. 3 comments

A brush with death for a local culinary favourite raises long-term questions about the shape of the Croydon to come

The sign pictured above caused a storm when it appeared both physically and across Croydon’s Twittersphere last week. It’s easy to see why – a Croydonian starting a small business, one that brings delicious and oh-so-chic street food to our town centre, no less – then being … Read More »



Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the Croydon music scene

Posted on July 8th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. No Comments

Even as he found national fame, Croydon’s celebrated composer didn’t forget his roots, as Sean Creighton finds out

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), Croydon’s famous African-British composer, was taught music as a child and young teenager by his grandfather Benjamin Holmans, his headmaster at the Croydon British Boys’ School, Herbert Walters, by the choir master at St George’s Presbyterian church, and by Joseph Beckwith, a local violin teacher.

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Event review: Phil Beer at the Stanley Halls, South Norwood, Thursday 25th February

Posted on March 16th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles catches up with an old favourite for a night of music and memories

My husband Steve and I went along to the Stanley Halls in South Norwood on Thursday 25th February to see Phil Beer, who we have known for years, play a solo gig. He also plays in the Phil Beer band and is part of the Show of Hands partnership.

Phil … Read More »