About Us

The Broadway opened on 2 September 1937 as an Odeon cinema, with Irene Dunne in “Theodora Goes Wild” (in which the author of a controversial, racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her provincial small-town neighbours, who would be scandalised if they knew).

The venue was designed by Harry Weedon (revising an earlier design by Roland Satchwell) and has a fine streamlined modern Art Deco style auditorium.

Now seating 1,140 in stalls and balcony, when the ground floor’s removable seats are taken out, it can seat and stand 1,550 customers. This is now one of the finest interiors remaining from the original Odeon chain, giving a true feel of a 1930s cinema palace. It is managed by Performance Art Ventures CIC, trading as The Broadway (Peterborough), on behalf of the Dawe Charitable Trust. There is a 20 year lease in place, with an option to buy.

Modern, comfortable and clean with a light and airy decor, The Broadway is a fabulous building which has in-built versatility. The venue is suitable for staging full theatre productions, live music, cinema, comedy, themed events, galas, and so on.

The Broadway is going to play a key part in reinvigorating the community. We will be bringing positive, memorable occasions and nights out to those who would otherwise have to travel further afield to savour what we will have on offer, and meaning less need to have to travel to London.

Dr Peter Dawe
The Dawe Charitable Trust


WE LIVE FOR PERFORMING ARTS – across all disciplines, including theatre, shows, music and comedy gigs, events, film, television and media.

The Foyer of The Broadway


WE EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN – we will encourage action, support new ideas, and provide facilities to our locality.


WE CREATE SUPERB MEMORIES FOR AUDIENCES AND ARTISTS ALIKE – whether onstage or in the auditorium, we work to ensure a smile on everyone’s face.


WE PROVIDE THE MEETING PLACE PEOPLE WANT TO USE – we like being the centre of attention, and the hub for a wealth of leisure, business and social activities..


WE WANT TO GET PEOPLE TALKING – we will take calculated risks, be controversial when necessary, but make sure all our customers have fun!.

Venue Hire


The Broadway operates two spaces – the Main Auditorium and The Broadway Suite – as well as Walter’s Bar and Eatery.

The Broadway is also used as an exciting alternative to more conventional conference facilities and reception centres, hosting conferences, events, product launches, and meetings of all types for a range of clients. If you have a wedding, birthday, or other special occasion to mark, then we have just the venue for you, too.

In addition, if you are a touring company producer, agent or artist and wish to enquire about adding The Broadway to your latest tour, when do get in touch. We would be happy to try and accommodate you.

PHONE / 01733 306071
EMAIL / events@broadwaypeterborough.co.uk

Walter Cornelius - Copyright Peterborough Telegraph.