Peter Tate conceived The Playground out of his desire for theatre artists to be able "play" without the pressure of a commercial outcome. As an actor he has performed leading roles at The National Theatre, The Almedia, The Arts Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith. the Arcola and many others in London, as well as The Baltic house, St Petersburg, The Pompidieu Centre Paris, The Khan Theatre Jerusalem, The Public Theatre in NYC and played Macbeth at the Theatre Slaski, Poland. He has also worked in film, TV and with internationally acclaimed choreographers. As founder of The Playground Theatre Peter aspires to the same eclecticism, opening the doors to all types of projects, and aiming to guide artists into ever freer experimentation.
The Playground Theatre is renowned as a breeding ground for the imagination of theatre artists of all disciplines. A place where artists can test their limitations in an environment of challenge and support. We will continue to work with both established and emerging artists from the UK and Internationally. The ethos is one of cross-fertilization between different forms and different cultures in search of a universal language that speaks to all.
The Playground Theatre, formerly a bus depot, was set up as a creative space for innovative theatre artists of all disciplines to come and "play" with their imaginative ideas.
As a registered charity with support from the Arts Council, The Welcome Trust, Esmee Fairbarn and others, numerous projects, initiated here, went on to venues such as The Young Vic, The Hampstead Theatre, The West Yorkshire Playhouse and many others. One such project, "Terrific Electric" won the Samuel Beckett Award for Innovative Theatre and was part of the Bite season at the Barbican Theatre.
The decision to become a public theatre was born from the desire to bring the exceptional artists work, who "played" with us, to full production. Many international artists were invited to experiment with us including Poland's Henryk Baranowski, winner of Poland and Russia’s top award as best director, Salius Varnus from Lithuania, and Hideki Noda, currently head of Japan's National Theatre. From the UK, we worked closely with Marcello Magni, co founder of Theatre De Complicite, along with his colleague Linda Kerr Scott.
Our programme will include international plays, classical concerts, dance, and film. The Playground Theatre is located in a very diverse community and our work will reflect this.
'The feeling that you give the artist is of total friendship and understanding.
The Playground is unique in that'– Marcello Magni
'The Playground Theatre is a brilliant creative space in West London.
I’m very excited about its future'– Damon Albarn
'The Playground Theatre is the sort of place where I would like to go and play all day,
the space radiates an excitement of fresh possibilities'– Celia Imrie
Anthony began his career with the National Youth Theatre, before training and working as an actor for ten years. After completing his MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, University of London he worked as Assistant Director at Watford Palace Theatre before moving on to roles at Shakespeare’s Globe, ETT and Theatre503. For the last five years, he has been Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre where he was instrumental in transforming the creative output with a string of high profile, critically acclaimed revivals of rarely performed classic plays. He directed over a dozen productions and was an associate director to Trevor Nunn on Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon which transferred to the West End and New York. Previously he was Associate Director during a period of unprecedented change for which the theatre won the Stage Award for Fringe Theatre of the Year and was nominated for The Peter Brook Empty Stage Award. Anthony’s production of I Loved Lucy recently played at the West End’s Arts Theatre and will tour the US next year.