What’s On

Nov 2018

Family Cinema at The Halls: Wreck it Ralph (PG)

Sun 18 Nov


Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of always being the “bad guy” and losing to his “good guy” opponent, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Finally, after decades of seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides to take matters into his own hands. He sets off on a game-hopping trip to prove that he has what it takes to be a hero. However, while on his quest, Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.

Certificate: PG // Running time: 97 minutes // Start Time : 11am

Tickets: £3
Children aged under 2 are admitted for FREE and don’t need tickets so arrive nice and early to get your seats!

Three Feathers Theatre Company Present The Enormous Turnip

Sun 18 Nov
The Assembly Room


It’s getting bigger and bigger and BIGGER… Come and see how enormous this turnip will grow! Three Feathers presents this charming adaptation with original music, lights, and puppetry. Inspired by workshops with children aged 0-24 months, this classic tale is certain to entertain the youngest of theatre goers.
Suitable for children aged 0-2 years.

We ask audience to take seats on the floor with cushions, but some seating will be available.

Cinema at The Halls: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12A)

Sun 18 Nov



Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

Screening Time: 5.00pm*
Certificate (12A)
Running Time: 128

*Please note the film will start promptly as there are no adverts or trailers.

General Admission: £6
Concessions: £4
Two for Wine: £20

GigSpanner Big Band Live at Stanley Halls

Tue 20 Nov
The Stanley Hall
folk, live music, performance


Start Time: 8.00pm

“What a fabulous team they make, together producing a startlingly new musical form with few, if any, true antecedents even within the hallowed worlds of prog and folk-rock. The flights of musical and interpretive fancy are staggering in their natural invention” Fatea Magazine

Deck The Halls

Sun 25 Nov
The Stanley Hall


We’re hosting a Christmas decorating party at the halls! Christmas comes but once a year, let’s get together for some holiday cheer. Please join us for our annual “Deck The Halls” gathering at Stanley Halls.

We’re asking for volunteers to join us to help get Stanley Halls ready for the festive season. You provide the helping hands…we’ll provide mince pies, beverages and lots of fun!

No admission fee – just bring yourselves 🙂

Times: 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Business Bagel

Tue 27 Nov

This event is £5 to attend (non-refundable) which can be redeemed in the cafe for food purchased. This helps to support the cafe. Ticket Link… 

We hope to see you there…

Stroke your Beard presents Penniless Cove & Ali Warren

Fri 30 Nov


This is a night that will prove to be something quite special.

Set in the incredible surroundings of Stanley Halls, Ali Warren and Penniless Cove will perform, film and record new material in collaboration with London based promoters Stroke Your Beard.  Both musicians are very well established on the London circuit and between them have played countless high profile shows and festivals in the UK and abroad, released a multitude of singles and received praise from the likes of BBC Radio 6, Tom Robinson and Amazing Radio to name but a few. Stanley Halls is a truly unique space in South London and will provide a wonderful backdrop for a performance from two richly talented musicians.


Support will come from brilliant local musician ACWA.


Tickets can be purchased in advance for £5:  


“Her mischievous lyrics and raw, powerful voice draw you in.” Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music


“A unique sound, I found myself humming her hooks through the day.” Clive Anderson, BBC Radio 4 Music 

Penniless Cove is Welsh soulful singer song-writer Phoebe Osborne and musical collaborators. Her music takes you on a journey through every day awkwardness, disappointment and surrealist dreams-hoping that it connects with people who are as indecisive and curious as she is. Weaving observational humour and visual metaphor with raw vocals and booming piano melodies, she takes inspiration from Ibeyi, Joanna Newsome, Lianne Le Havas & Ivor Cutler, to bring you her own brand of gin soaked tunes. Following her live performance on Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ earlier this year, she will be releasing new music throughout 2019 and performing with her band at venues across UK and Europe.



A man whose voice rarely descends from the clouds.” Tom Robinsons ‘Fresh On The Net’


‘Like listening to a reflective Radiohead after an autumn in a cabin listening to early Floyd cassettes as Jeff Buckley drops by for tea.” Larmer Tree festival

The imminent release of Ali Warren’s debut album, Rhyme and Reason, is just the latest chapter in a long list of musical escapades. Following the release of his debut EP ‘Good Morning I’ve Taken My Medicine’ Somerset born Ali moved to London and gained critical acclaim for singles ‘What We Say’ and ‘Where You Wanted’. Both were picked up by Tom Robinson and received local and national airplay via BBC Radio 6. After three European tours including festivals in Poland and The Czech Republic and two stints at the acclaimed Bush Hall with his previous band, Ali is now working with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Michael Appleby. Together they’re created a truly remarkable blend of folk and post-rock to giving a sublte, otherworldly and decisive backdrop to Ali’s ever present voice and lyrical prowess.


With support from **ACWA**


ACWA – The musical experimentation of Gus Arrowsmith, featuring long time collaborator Lewis Jay White. Keep your ears peeled for upcoming releases.



Dec 2018

Skewbald Theatre Present: Mimi and The Mountain Dragon

Sat 1 Dec - Sun 2 Dec
The Stanley Hall



This winter join Skewbald Theatre for an exciting story packed full of adventure, snow and dragons! With lively songs and magical puppets bringing to life Michael Morpurgo’s beautifully atmospheric tale of ‘Mimi and the Mountain Dragon’.

High up in the snowy mountains of Switzerland the villagers of Dorta bang their drums, blow their horns and ring the bells to keep the fearsome Mountain Dragon away.

But this year is different. One snowy morning Mimi discovers something extraordinary- a baby dragon sleeping in her woodshed! The little creature is lost and frightened but how did he get there and what happens when his mother comes looking for him? Mimi must be extremely brave if she is going to reach the Dragon’s castle at the very top of the mountain and return the baby to its mother.

With lively original songs, atmospheric storytelling and magical puppets Mimi and the Mountain Dragon is an exciting new show about friendship, courage and adventure for anyone who loves snow, dragons and stories.

“Skewbald engage the children from the word go…the wonderful mother and baby dragon puppets makes this production enthralling for both boys and girls”

What’s Good to Do *****

Running time 50 mins. Suitable for families and children aged 3+ and everyone who loves stories

Adapted and directed by Hayley Byfield and Tory Sandars Book, lyrics and music by Caroline Wigmore & Jen Green

Adapted from the book ‘Mimi and the Mountain Dragon’ written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Helen Stephen


Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet: The Big Xmas Disco Ball

Sat 1 Dec


We are so, so excited to be bringing HSDY back to the fabulous Stanley Halls! The one and only hula-hooping DJ Da’Lynne will be playing the 70s & 80s disco tunes we know and love and the irrepressible Lady Boo will be leading the dancing, with prizes for the best outfits, free retro sweets and ice pops and eco-friendly glitter face painting. It’s going to be a night to remember!

Doors: 7.30pm // Tickets £16.50 (includes booking fee) // physical tickets are also available from Coffee Craft


Beginners Embroidery Workshop with Gareth Brookes

Sun 2 Dec
The Hurlstone Room



Ever wanted to learn the basics of hand-stitched embroidery? This workshop will teach you all you need to know to begin. Introducing materials and equipment, simple stitches, and how to get started on a longer piece, you’ll be all set to embark on a lifetime of stitching.

Taught in a relaxed and friendly environment by embroiderer, print maker and graphic novelist Gareth Brookes (MA, RCA).

All materials are included.

Children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start. Spaces are limited so booking is essential

The Elves and The Shoemaker

Sat 8 Dec - Sat 5 Jan
The Stanley Hall

A good-hearted Shoemaker is amazed when he awakes one morning to discover his work has been magically finished. For on his workbench sit the most magnificent pair of shoes he has ever seen.

But who are his mysterious midnight helpers and how can the Shoemaker repay their kindness?

Award wining theatre company Skewbald bring this charming Christmas tale to life for all ages, using colourful storytelling and enchanting shadow puppetry!

Christmas Craft Market

Sat 8 Dec



We’re so excited to be teaming up this year with Handmade Palace for an art and craft extravaganza!

‘Stanley Halls is a Grade II listed Edwardian arts venue in South Norwood, very close to Norwood Junction station. A fascinating complex of unique Edwardian buildings built in 1904-11, the Halls comprise an art gallery, theatre hall and assembly rooms. The building was donated and designed for the people of South Norwood by William Ford Robinson Stanley (1829-1909), a prominent local inventor, industrialist and philanthropist’.

On Saturday 8th December our Christmas Craft Market will be bringing 30 craft stall holders in the theatre hall and 8 artists in the gallery space.

*Artists are invited to continue to exhibit and sell their work after the event on the run up to Christmas on a commission basis of 20% with Stanley Halls making the sales on your behalf.

The Market will run for 10am to 5pm and there is lots going on that day locally including children’s theatre productions upstairs, a popular farmers Market near by and the Christmas lights switch on event.

For more info and to book a stall please fill out this short form here. Submission deadline is Oct 21st.


Ceilidh at The Halls: Panjandrum

Fri 14 Dec
The Stanley Hall


“Panjandrum / Panjandrum/ n. A bunch of multi-instrumentalist nerds who firmly believe that dance music should be just as good to listen as to dance to, and indeed vice-versa”

Earworms are our speciality; eclectic melodies from all over Britain, Europe and Scandinavia as well as some self penned gems, all kicked into shape for e-ceilidh dances. Having played together for getting on for 25 years as part of The Committee Band, we thought it was a shame to let all that experience go to waste after the farewell Committee Band dance at the 2010 Xmas Knees-Up.

From beginners to seasoned veterans all are welcome to a night of dancing and meeting new friends at the glorious Stanley Halls!! This month we have the Pajandrum ceilidh band! With the authentic wooden sprung floors, and the Stanley Halls Bar open throughout; expect a night of laughs, great music, and good times to be had by all!

Family Christmas Cinema at The Halls: Frozen Sing A Long (PG)

Sun 16 Dec
The Stanley Hall



When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.

Christmas Cinema at The Halls: Love Actually (15)

Sun 16 Dec


Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

General Admission: £6
Concessions: £4
Two for Wine: £20
Two for Bubbles: £28

Start Time: 7.00pm

Running Time 145 minutes
Certificate: 15

Please note the film will start promptly as there are no adverts or trailers.

Jan 2019

Enterprise Junction

Wed 23 Jan

What is it?

A shout out and celebration of the amazing capacity for locality of business and employment in The South East At The Enterprise Junction, businesses can:

  • Promote themselves through sponsorship, publicity, display stalls, networking, attending seminars and giving talks

  • Explore the business potential of The Stanley Halls and the surrounding area

  • Meet potential clients and employees

Where is it?

It is literally at The Stanley Halls SE25, the whole of it; three halls, networking and workshop spaces, business resident’s studios, cafés and bars!

When is it?

All day on January 23rd, 2019.

Visit the enterprise junction website for all the information you need to book display spaces or register to attend.


Want to Exhibit?

If you wish to book an exhibititor’s stand, please visit the Enterprise Junction website or email: enterprisejunction@stanleyhalls.org.uk

May 2019

Don't Go into the Cellar Present: The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

Wed 22 May
The Assembly Room


Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin plays the great sleuth in The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes. The show  features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. It also includes autobiographical snippets concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved.

The show is directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer, from a script by Jonathan Goodwin.

Tickets: £12 General Admission // £10 Concession

Running Time: 1hr 30 + 20min interval

Click here for 5* reviews of The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

Oct 2019

Don't Go into the Cellar Present: Whitechapel Freaks

Wed 9 Oct
The Assembly Room



The year is 1888, and London is in terror at the murder spree being committed by Saucy Jack! Why not seek respite from the horrors of Whitechapel by spending the evening inside Tabram’s Music Hall?

Fairy Fay guarantees a ripping time will be shared by one and all… A macabre cabaret of Victorian songs, weird skits and disturbing vignettes wherein you will meet a miscellany of suspects in unfamiliar guises. But which one is the Ripper?