New plans to upgrade Bromley’s Churchill Theatre and to redevelop Bromley Central Library have been revealed.

These new plans are part of a collaborative scheme between Bromley Council and Trafalgar Entertainment, who currently operate Churchill Theatre, in an effort to “enhance” Bromley High Street.

The current building that is home to Churchill Theatre and the Central Library was first constructed in the 1970s but the council says existing elements of the building are “nearing the end of their life.”

New plans would see the Central Library relocated to the former Topshop unit on Bromley High Street, making the library more prominent and easier to locate.

According to the council, it is hoped that the move would increase footfall into the high street, supporting the local economy and making Bromley safer at night.

Discussions between Bromley Council and Trafalgar Entertainment have been ongoing for several months, with plans to transfer the ownership of the building to them in order for the theatre to be upgraded and improved.

Helen Enright, Chief Executive Officer of Trafalgar Theatres, said: “We remain committed to preserving and improving the Churchill Theatre for the benefit of all residents in Bromley and beyond.

“We have an exciting programme of shows planned for the theatre, including our enduringly popular Christmas pantomime production of Cinderella in December.

“I welcome the collaborative discussions we have been having with the Council, as we jointly recognise the need for investment in this ever-popular theatre venue.

“An improved theatre would enhance the customer experience and enable us to continue to bring high quality shows to Bromley for the benefit of local residents.”

Further news about future plans for the new library and Churchill Theatre are anticipated to be discussed at a meeting in October, held by Bromley Council’s Executive Committee.

According to Bromley Council, it is expected to approve plans to continue discussions with Trafalgar Entertainment, with a focus on agreeing terms to secure the future of the Churchill Theatre.

In a statement, Councillor Yvonne Bear said that the Churchill Theatre would remain open to customers and that she encouraged people to continue to support Churchill Theatre as talks continue.

Councillor Bear, Executive Councillor for Renewal Recreation and Housing, said: “The plans being brought forward present a wonderful opportunity to enhance Bromley Town Centre and ensure a sustainable future for two of its most cherished assets.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners over coming months to bring our discussions to fruition.

"If I could make one point particularly clear for now, it is that the Theatre will be remaining ‘open for business’ and I would urge The Churchill’s army of loyal supporters to keep booking tickets.”