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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

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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

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.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk

 

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Click the link below to download forthcoming events.

Before Matilda

Friday 2 September and Saturday 3 September at 7.30pm

Tickets: No charge but pre-booking of seats is required

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A brand new musical comedy, with the songs and script written by George Griffiths, Before Matilda delves into what went on before Matilda was born.

There’s something for everyone! George Griffiths (AKA George G, Children in Need Rickshaw star) directs as the production hits the big stage.

Book your places online at Forthcoming Events  or by calling 0333 1212 300.