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Belmont Theatre Company (originally known as Belmont Players) was formed in 1946 as the drama section of the Belmont Community, in Harrow, Middlesex. Its first public performance was Charity Begins in 1947.
Over the years Belmont developed into one the most successful and well-supported drama societies in Harrow with a nucleus of loyal and devoted members. Initially performing in church halls, the group started performing at the Harrow Arts Centre in the early 1990’s, moving from there to The Pump House Theatre, Watford in 2007 when the Arts Centre temporarily closed. Whilst still rehearsing in the Pinner, Northwood and Carpenders Park areas, most productions are staged in Watford at The Pump House, a water pumping station which was converted to a community theatre around 1972 with seating capacity of 124. The theatre has raked seating and excellent theatrical and audience facilities, a far cry from the church halls where the group began. Despite the move away from our Harrow origins, we have retained the nucleus of our membership and much of our former audience, whilst gaining more from the south Hertfordshire area as our local reputation grows. We now achieve the highest audience figures we have ever had, often attracting sell-out performances. We regard every empty seat as wasteful, given the effort put into every production and so promote ourselves as fully as our resources permit.
Belmont Theatre Company normally presents three main productions a year with a variety of shows ranging between comedies, thrillers, farces, dramas and musicals. For instance, in October 2011 we performed an Ayckbourn comedy, Ten Times Table and in February 2012 we staged the Francis Durbridge thriller, The Small Hours. Both these shows were so popular that we regrettably had to turn people away. In 2009 we were one of the first amateur groups to stage The Likes of Us, the first musical written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. For May 2012 we have a poignant comedy, The Cemetery Club and in November 2012 we staged a large-cast musical, Jack The Ripper. Although we are an amateur group, we aim for professional standards in everything we do, both on- and off-stage. As a result we have become one of the leading amateur drama groups in northwest Middlesex/south Hertfordshire, having garnered several awards in the last decade as members of NODA (The National Operatic and Dramatic Association). Our ranks have included actors who have gone on (or are planning) to become professional. Putting on shows and the general running of the group, requires a considerable amount of time from our members, who volunteer as much of it from their busy lives as they are able. We always need more adult members of all ages to share the load (and share the fun), not only to act but also to play key roles behind the scenes (lighting, sound, stage management, set construction, continuity, props etc.), in front of house, promoting our shows, gaining new members or to help run the group. If you have a skill, trade or profession, the chances are we can use it somewhere.
We are a friendly group and have a lively social scene and participate in many special events. That ethos is something that hasn’t changed since we started in 1946.