Location: 77-85 Newington Causeway
Access: Elephant and Castle
Currently Showing: Mother Courage and Her Children
Stage Door: wait in the theatre’s bar
The Southwark Playhouse Theatre Company was founded in 1993 by Juliet Alderdice, Tom Wilson and Mehmet Ergen, with the aim of providing high quality, accessible theatre. The group leased a workshop and turned it into a theatre space.
The theatre quickly built a strong platform in Southwark, working with teachers, businesses and Southwark Borough Council to improve educational achievement.
Over the past twenty-three years the Southwark Playhouse has become a leading studio theatre in London and has in the past and continues to put on high quality productions.
Southwark Playhouse’s first venue was on Southwark Bridge Road. It stayed here until 2006 when it moved to a space in the vaults under a platform of London Bridge station. Due to a redevelopment of London Bridge Station which began in early 2013, the theatre has temporarily moved to a site on Newington Causeway until 2018 when it will move back to a site in the London Bridge area.
The Southwark Playhouse puts on productions of a high quality and the tickets are available at an affordable price. The ticket prices are reasonable and the drinks in the bar are also cheap (especially when compared with drink prices in West End theatres).
There are two stages at this venue, the Little and the Large. The Large has an approximate capacity of 240 and the Little has 120 seats. All seating is unallocated. Queues begin to form around 25 minutes before a performance. With the theatre being so small, there are no seats with an obstructed view and even the back row is very close to the stage making for a very intimate theatre experience.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- Rockington Arms – Newington Causeway, pub
- Pizza Express – Borough High Street, chain, vouchers available
Reviews from the Southwark Playhouse
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