Millfield Theatre opened on December 15, 1988 in the grounds of Millfield House on Silver Street in Edmonton, North London. It was the first new theatre built in London after the National Theatre in 1963 and seats up to 362 in a variety of stage layouts.
The first production at Millfield Theatre was the pantomime Humpty Dumpty starring Bobby Crush which set the trend of producing an annual Christmas pantomime that continues to this day. Millfield Theatre Opening 1988 Gallery
The theatre was re-opened on 6 October 2009 Edmonton-raised Sir Bruce Forsyth following a significant refurbishment. The 2.5 million revamp saw the theatre gain a new bar & kitchen, performance space, toilet block and box office.
The main auditorium was renamed the Sir Bruce Forsyth Auditorium.
Millfield House was first mentioned in the minutes of the Edmonton Vestry, 1796 when it belonged to John Wigston of Trent Park. It stated that the house had been let to the Imperial Ambassador of the German Empire.
After a series of owners from the landed gentry the house was sold in 1849 to the Strand Union Guardians and was established as a school for London workhouse children.
Over the next 40 years several extensions were made to the house which by 1897 housed 400 children. The school was partly self- sufficient complete with two meadows, cultivated land and a herd of cows and some pigs. The children were taught trades; the boys, tailoring, shoe making and carpentry; the girls, housework, needlework and laundering.
In 1913 the school closed and by the beginning of World War I housed Belgian refugees. The house was converted into the St David's Hospital for Epileptics in 1915 by the Metropolitan Asylums Board.
By 1971 the house was acquired by the London Borough of Enfield, who renovated and demolished some of the work house buildings, although a lodge and outbuildings from that period remain as well as an early 20th-century lodge.
The house was re-opened as an Arts Centre in 1979 and included Millfield Theatre.
In the gardens one of the few remaining communal air- raid shelters in Enfield can be found, adjacent to the garden is the St David's play area.
Millfield House underwent extensive refurbishment in 2010/11 and was opened by actor Rudolph Walker.