Your Visit to SLT

Our Gothic revival-style former fire station was built in 1881, and remains a rare example of a fire station built for horse-drawn tenders, with the original look-out tower and doors still in place.

After being used mainly as a church hall for neighbouring St Luke’s after 1917, in 1967 it was converted to a theatre, and we’ve been at the heart of our south London community ever since. Whatever the purpose of your visit to us, you’re very welcome!

Location

2A Norwood High Street, London, SE27 9NS

Show Night Opening Times

Usually at 7.15 pm (45 minutes before curtain up, also for matinees - ticket holders and members only)

General Opening Times

Opening times vary depending on events and activities. Please contact Bex, our building manager, if you would like to arrange a visit to view and potentially hire a space

Wardrobe Opening Times

Mondays/Tuesdays 7.30 - 10pm, by appointment only. Contact Wardrobe here

Transport

Train

We are a 3-5 minute walk from West Norwood Station, (trains to and from London Victoria, London Bridge, Beckenham Junction and Sutton via Crystal Palace and West Croydon) and a 15-minute walk or short bus ride from Tulse Hill Station (trains to and from London Blackfriars, London Bridge, The City, London St Pancras International and stations to the South via Norwood Junction to Brighton)

Car

We are on a one way system and we don't have a car park. There are limited parking bays available on Norwood High Street, and on-street parking on Dunbar Street and part of Auckland Hill. Please check the signage carefully.

Bus

We are easily accessible via the following bus routes: 2, 68, 196, 315, 322, 432, 468, N2, N68 and X68

Underground

Brixton Station (Victoria line) is 20 minutes away via bus (2, 196, 322 or 432).

Accessibility

Access

There is step free access to all areas, except The Library, Bell and Prompt Rooms on the third floor, and the Technical Gallery on the mezzanine floor. Accessible toilets are situated in the ground floor foyer, in the basement bar area and on the second floor (both with baby change facilities).

Seats in the auditorium are unreserved apart from the front row for anyone with mobility issues - please let us know in advance should you need a front row seat for that reason, or if you need a wheelchair space.

Pre-visit & Touch tours

Please contact bex@sltfirestation.org if you would like to arrange a pre-visit or touch tour, along with any other questions including details about the sensory environment.

Here’s our Visual Story, a resource for anyone with Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication disorders or a learning difficulty , who is coming to see a play at our theatre.

Hearing Support

A portable T-Loop is available in the foyer.

More Info

For further accessibility information please visit our Access Able listing page.

Box Office and Show Arrival FAQs

How much do you charge for tickets?

Prices vary, and we do offer concession rates for seniors (60+), full-time students and, for selected shows, family groups. Tickets for SLT shows are always cheaper for SLT members. If you're a regular audience member, it really is worth considering at least SLT Friends Membership to benefit from discounted tickets (see below) Find out more about prices and returns on this page

What time should I arrive?

Our doors open 45 minutes before the showtime on your e-ticket. Even if you’ve booked in advance, please do aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the show starts (30 minutes if you need to buy a ticket on the door or are seeking a return for a sold-out show). The bar will be open and you’ll be able to buy a drink and take it into the auditorium with you.

What should I do on arrival?

When you arrive please check in with the Box Office as they have a list of everyone who has booked to see the show and can sell you a ticket if you haven’t booked in advance (subject to availability). Please make sure you can also access your ticket via your mobile phone or a print-out.

You can then go to the bar or wait in the foyer until we open the house for you to take your seat. This will usually be 10-15 minutes before the show begins. Seats are unreserved apart from the front row for anyone with mobility issues - please let us know in advance should you need a front row seat for that reason, or if you need a wheelchair space.

What if I’m running late?

Please try and let the Box Office know by emailing us or calling 020 3757 6111

Please allow plenty of time to get to us. We generally always aim to start shows on time unless we know there are local transport issues affecting many audience members. We’re sorry, but we’re not always able to admit latecomers once the show has started, so you may have to wait until the interval (if there is one).

What if I can’t make the show?

Please let us know if you have a last-minute change of plans or emergency that means you can’t join us. Email us or call
020 3757 6111 (you may need to leave a message and we’ll come back to you). We do offer an exchange on tickets for another night or another show if available, but will generally only refund if we've cancelled a show.

Can I choose my seating?

Seats in the auditorium are unreserved apart from the front row for anyone with mobility issues - please let us know in advance should you need a front row seat for that reason, or if you need a wheelchair space.

Is there a cafe or restaurant at the theatre?

No, we have a well stocked bar, which sells snacks, but unfortunately we don't have the facilities to serve food. There are a number of restaurants nearby, and some of them are shown below.

Local Restaurants & Pubs for pre-theatre supper

The theatre opens on show nights at 7:15 and our comfortable and welcoming basement bar will be open by 7.30pm, serving a wide variety of beers, wines and spirits. If you're visiting outside of our bar opening hours, or would like to eat before the show, then here are some of our favourite local restaurants and pubs

The Garden Restaurant

Knights Hill, Italian

The Great North Wood

Knights Hill, Pub

Knowles of Norwood

Norwood Road, Pub

Four Hundred Rabbits

Norwood Road, Pizza

Tickle Me

Knights Hill, Caribbean (Vegan)

Lal Baag

Knights Hill, Indian

Jude's Ice Cream for an interval treat

We're proud to serve Jude's Ice Cream (now carbon-negative to help our planet) to our show audiences from the foyer.

Our selection of flavours includes:

Chocolate
Vanilla
Strawberries & Cream
Salted Caramel
Mango Sorbet
Guest flavour!

We’d love to hear from you

General Enquiries
info@southlondontheatre.co.uk
Building Manager
bex@sltfirestation.org
Enquiries about play submissions and directing at SLT
theatrecommittee@southlondontheatre.co.uk
Call us (leave a message)
020 3757 6111
Friends Of SLT

Become a Friend of SLT

If you’d like to enjoy some of the benefits of SLT membership and be a part of our theatre, but need to keep your activities limited to visiting us regularly to see shows, then your ideal option is to join us as a Friend of SLT.

Donations

Donate To SLT

Coming to see our shows is a great way to support us, but if you’d like to do more to help us fund our wonderful theatre and activities, donations are always gratefully received. Visit our Just Giving page here to find out more, and please tick Gift Aid if you can to enable us to claim an extra 25% at no extra cost to you.