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Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
Normansfield Theatre: see Forthcoming Events for details & booking.See LDC Classes for: Art, Opera, Yoga, children’s drama. Tickets for all events can now be purchased online. Details of how to book are on each event.
Welcome to the Langdon Down Centre
The Langdon Down Centre is the theatre wing of the old Normansfield Hospital dating back to 1879, and is home to the Normansfield Theatre, the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability and is also the national office of the Down’s Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International . We are on the border of Teddington and Hampton Wick and are owned and managed by the Down’s Syndrome Association.
Dr John Langdon Down was a Victorian physician who established Normansfield in 1868 as a family home and a place where people with learning disabilities could be cared for and educated at a time when most of them would have been condemned to life in an asylum. This remarkable man and his family had a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of people with learning disabilities; they built this beautiful theatre (entertainment hall) and encouraged their patients/students to learn music and drama as part of their education.
Normansfield Theatre is a hidden gem, and considered to be one of the most important private theatres in the country. Home to the largest collection of restored Victorian scenery, we are also one of only two theatres in the country with the original scene changing system in place. The history of Normansfield Theatre is available by clicking the tab above. We have also received a Heritage Lottery Grant for £85,100 for the project – Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past. Today, we have a wide range of performances from operas, musical and choral concerts, to drama productions. Our programme for 2016 is listed in Forthcoming Events.
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disabilityincludes exhibitions on the Langdon Down family, Normansfield, the Royal Earlswood Asylum and James Henry Pullen. Those with a professional interest or carrying out research into the history of Normansfield are welcome to visit, to access the archive, by appointment . Click the tab above to view the museum website.
Down’s Syndrome Association
The Down’s Syndrome Association is the only organisation in the UK focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. We provide support, information and advocacy to parents and professionals working with people with Down’s syndrome. Please click here to view the Down’s Syndrome Association website.
Hiring the Langdon Down Facilities
The facilities at the Langdon Down Centre are available for hire. We have regular classes, music workshops, training days, theatre performances, filming, photoshoots and receptions. Click here to see details of rooms available.
We also arrange school and educational visits which include a presentation, guided tour and can be tailored to your requirements.
To book any educational visits or private tours, please contact Lesley Alabaf on 0333 1212 300 or email Lesley.email@example.com
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The next production at the Normansfield Theatre will be
I Got Gershwin – presented by Robert Habermann
Saturday, 1st October 2016 at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 and £10 (concessions) from 0333 1212 300 or online under Forthcoming Events
The songs and life of George Gershwin – American songwriter of I GOT RHYTHM and THEY ALL LAUGHED and opera Porgy And Bess
After the success of his Sinatra Show – His Way in 2015 , Robert Habermann presents his brand new show telling the wonderful story and singing the songs of George Gershwin. How George first started out first as a song plugger, writing his first huge hit “SWANEE” on a bus in twenty minutes in 1919. – his life long collaboration with his brother Ira, with whom he wrote such great songs and shows for iconic dancer Fred Astaire, to the tragic end when Gershwin’s life was suddenly cut short at the age of 37 with a brain tumour. Songs include: ‘I Got Rhythm’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’, ‘Our Love is Here to Stay’ ‘Summertime’ and many more of his great hits
Musical Director: Trevor Brown