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Southside bring Broadway glamour to Balham!

Southside bring Broadway glamour to Balham!

| by Editor | Posted in Entertainment


The cast of Southside’s forthcoming production, Stage Door!

Balham’s award-wining theatre group, Southside, will perform ‘Stage Door’ by Edna Ferber and George S Kaufman at Chestnut Grove Academy Theatre, from 23rd to 26th October!

About the show

New York, 1936. The Footlights Club provides a warm sense of community for the budding female performers who lodge there. Terry Randall is a talented and witty girl from the Midwest who is determined to become a leading stage actress. But, when she’s offered a Hollywood movie contract, will she sell out her love of theatre and head West?

The Broadway life of the Depression Era is all here: the heart-breaking round of auditions and agents – the sudden closing of a show that should have been a meal ticket for months – the opportunistic romances – and the rare breakthroughs to stardom. All punctuated with witty one-liners and smart comments on the uphill struggle that is ‘making it’ in show business.

The women of the Footlights Club know the odds are stacked against them. As Terry says to her egotistical playwright boyfriend: “You don't know what it is to be an actress. You're a writer – if you feel something you can write it. But I can't act unless they let me.”

Historical note: The Footlights Club was based on the Rehearsal Club, a Broadway haven for women performers during the 1930s. It was conceived by the play’s co-author Edna Ferber, whose niece was a struggling actress in New York at the time.

From reviews of previous Stage Door productions:

‘Wondrously moving show …fabulous’ ChicagoCritic

‘Delicious play … don’t miss this rarely performed gem.’ ChicagoTheater B


About Southside

Southside theatre group has been staging high-quality drama in the Balham area since 1987. Now more than 60 members strong, the group stages three main productions a year, along with rehearsed readings and lots of social events.

Venue information

Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman will be performed at Chestnut Grove Theatre at Chestnut Grove Academy, Boundaries Road, Balham, London, SW12 8JZ.


Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th October 2019.

Wednesday – Friday at 7.45pm, Saturday at 3.00pm


Tickets: £12.00, concessions (Wednesday and Saturday only) £9.00

Box office 07914 657 524 or book online at or here.

For further information

You can get in touch with Southside Players by email at, visit their website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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