Stanley Halls is a venue for theatre and performance for the benefit of local residents. When the first opened in 1903, William Stanley’s ambitions for the building were influenced by the Victorian ideal that music could lead to cultural enlightenment and reaffirm moral standards.
In the Halls’ early years professional and amateur performers including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and W.Y. Hurlstone. In the 1960s Shirley Bassey, Matt Munro and Johnny Dankworth were among those who rehearsed for performances at Fairfield Halls in Croydon.