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What You Need To Know About Compass Theatre:

Compass Theatre is a community-focused theatre in Ickenham owned by Hillingdon Theatres, who also manage the Winston Churchill Theatre and Manor Farm.

Compass Theatre programmes local amateur dramatic groups and performances by professional companies. Its programme includes an annual Christmas pantomime and a variety of musicals and drama. There’s even a bit of Shakespeare thrown in for good measure!

Despite its modest-sized exterior, the auditorium can seat up to 158 visitors.

Top Facts About Compass Theatre:

  1. The theatre is the home of 360 Youth Theatre, Talking Pictures UK and Dance Challenge.
  2. A small team of permanent staff, supported by volunteers, keep the venue up and running.
  3. Compass Theatre once hosted the theatre company Tall Stories as a company in residence. Tall Stories are behind the hugely successful stage adaptation of The Gruffalo and other popular children’s shows.

Key Information about Compass Theatre:


Tube: The closest tube station is Ickenham station (Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines). Alternatively, West Ruislip (Central line) is approximately 15-minutes’ walk from the venue.

Train: The closest train station is West Ruislip, which is served by Chiltern trains. It is approximately 15-minutes’ walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers U1 and U10 travel close to the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail please visit the Transport for London website.


The theatre has its own 20-space car park that visitors are welcome to use. This also includes three spaces for Blue Badge holders.

There is also an NCP car park at Ickenham station.

Accessibility info:

The theatre and most spaces within the larger venue are wheelchair accessible.

There are spaces for two wheelchairs in the auditorium and accessible toilets are available.

Working dogs are welcome in the theatre.

The auditorium and box office areas are fitted with induction loop systems.

Accessibility discount?

Compass Theatre provides free tickets for one person accompanying a visitor with access requirements. Please contact the box office directly to arrange this. 


You can use the Compass Theatre’s onsite bar, which usually opens 45-minutes before performances start. It serves beers, wine and soft drinks, as well as ice creams and small snacks. For certain shows, including the annual pantomime, they run an online pre-booking service for refreshments through their website.

For more information, visit Compass Theatre’s website.