About Us

Our History

1964: BBC Two begins broadcasting, Ian Flemming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was published, and most significantly of all, the Cliffs Pavilion opened its doors (for the first time)!

Work began on the Southend-on-Sea theatre back in the 1930s. The venue was originally going to seat 500 people (less than half the capacity it is today), and was going to be in the shape of a hexagon. If you look closely, you can see that the border of our sunken garden is in this six-sided shape! World War II stopped work and the theatre had its grand opening almost 30 years later.

The venue closed for 1.5 years in 1991 to construct the foyer bar and balcony. Since its reopening in 1992, The Cliffs Pavilion has established itself as one of the South East’s leading live entertainment venues, welcoming thousands of customers every year. The theatre’s comfortable auditorium seats up to 1657 theatregoers and is fully air-conditioned (for all those blistering summers Southend is known for).

Our eclectic programme includes West End musicals, classical concerts, top-named vocalists, comedians, children’s shows, pantomime and even rock concerts. We also host community events here including exhibitions, balls, seminars and training talks.

In addition to the main auditorium the Cliffs Pavilion has two other rooms that can be used for events, the Admirals Room and the Maritime Room situated on the lower ground floor.

Cliffs Pavilion refurbishment

A major refurbishment of the Cliffs Pavilion is planned which will see extensive improvements to the largest purpose-built performing arts venue in Essex.

Find out more about the Cliffs Pavilion refurbishment

Careers with the Cliffs Pavilion

Our outstanding team work together across a number of departments and specialisms, from customer-facing roles in the Front of House and Sales teams to Hospitality, Marketing and Technical staff.

If you think you would enjoy the challenge of working in our fast-paced, customer-focused, award-winning venue take a look at the current vacancies or find out more about volunteering with us. 

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