Prophets with honour in Bowdon

Published: 7 March 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Anthony and Edward Prophet

A new live event venue for the North West has been launched—ready to welcome audiences as soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The Bowdon Rooms, south of Altrincham, was already established on the live entertainment circuit but new owners have given it an extensive refurbishment.

At the helm are Cheshire-based brothers Anthony and Edward Prophet, who took over the venue in March 2020—just two weeks before the first national lockdown.

Their opening programme already includes red carpet gala dinners with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Lenny Henry and Brian Blessed and an in-conversation evening with Shaun Ryder.

Live music performances are equally eclectic.

Dating back to 1903, The Bowdon Rooms feature striking Edwardian architecture and authentic character. The venue also offers four conference and event spaces, from the intimate lounge to the impressive ballroom.

Famous faces who have previously played there include Rowan Atkinson and Victoria Wood. Atkinson made his first public performance as Mr Bean at The Bowdon Rooms following performances at Edinburgh Fringe. Victoria Wood enjoyed performing there so much in the 1980s that the venue was chosen as the backdrop for her directorial film debut of That Day We Sang starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in 2014.