The Paul Robeson Theatre, situated in Hounslow's Treaty Centre and adjacent to the library, is a purpose built venue at the heart of the community that provides high quality performance space for both professional and amateur artists. Past performances have included the jazz talent of George Melly, the vocal sounds of The Bachelors, and the comedians Barry Cryer and Jackie Clune.
The_Paul_Robeson_TheatrePaul Robeson, born in 1898, became internationally acclaimed as a concert artist, dramatic actor on stage and in films, and an eloquent advocate of full civil rights and equality for people of all races and creeds. In 1925, he gave the first-ever concert hall recital of spirituals and work songs and continued to perform them throughout his career all over the world singing in 20 languages and incorporating into his repertoire similar songs from, for example, China, Russia and France. His dramatic and stage performances included plays of Eugene O'Neill, who wrote 'The Emperor Jones' especially for him, 'Porgy & Bess', 'Showboat', and Shakespeare's 'Othello'.
Jack_&_The_Beanstalk_at_Paul_Robeson_Theatre_2003/2004During his awe inspiring career, Paul Robeson starred in ‘Sanders of the River’, which was filmed at Isleworth Film Studios, a stones throw away from where the theatre stands. This local connection, combined with his theatrical talents and desire for equality for all, made him an appropriate figure for the theatre to be named after.