THE PLAYGROUND THEATRE
ANTHONY BIGGS AND PETER TATE
The Playground Theatre is renowned as a breeding ground for the imagination of theatre artists of all disciplines. A place where artists can test and and go beyond their limitations in an environment of challenge and support. We will continue to work with both established and emerging artists from both the UK and internationally. The ethos is one of cross-fertilisation between different forms and different cultures in search of a universal language that speaks to all.
THE STORY SO FAR…
For the past 15 years, The Playground, as a charity, has supported many world class and emerging artists, to create prestigious and innovative pieces of unique theatre seen in such diverse venues as the Barbican, The Young Vic, The Khan Theatre, Jerusalem, and the Baltic House Theatre, St Petersburg. Terrific Electric, created through our programme, went on to win the prestigious Samuel Beckett Award for Innovative Theatre. Both Simon McBurney, co-founder of Complicite, and Rufus Norris, artistic director of The National, have used our atmospheric space many times to create some of their finest work. We have also engaged inspiring international artists such as top award winning Polish director Henryk Baranowski, Hideki Noda, currently director of Japan’s National Theatre, Lithuanian director Salius Varnus and Marcello Magni, also co- founder of Complicite. We have done all this behind closed doors, now we are planning to open these doors to the public in October 2017 with a programme of international plays, classical concerts, dance and film. We plan to be a true cultural hub for the immediate area and far beyond.
Peter Tate trained at Webber Douglas in London and with Stella Adler in New York, where he began his career. Credits there included The Bacchae directed by Michael Cacoyannis, on Broadway, and Richard III with the American Shakespeare Company.
He returned to London to play a leading role at The National Theatre opposite Alan Bates. An invitation by the Actors Studio New York, took him back to the US to play
the co- lead as Prince Felix Yussopov, in Rasputin opposite Peter Stormare. More recently he played the lead in Tabloid Caligula at the Brits Off-Broadway festival at 59E59th St Theatre. Peter has played many leading roles in the UK, including at the Almeida (The Master in Master and Margarita), the Lyric, Hammersmith (General Khludov in Flight by Bulgakov) and Senator Daniels in American Justice at the Arts Theatre in the West End. Peter was also invited by one of Poland’s top directors, Henryk Baranowski, twice winner of Russia’s top award as best director, to play Macbeth in a bi-lingual production, in Poland.
Peter has performed his show Odd Man Out at many international festivals
worldwide including in The USA, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Germany, and Russia .
Anthony Biggs completed the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck, University of London, and began his career as assistant director to Lawrence Till at Watford Palace Theatre. After roles with ETT, Theatre503 and Shakespeare’s Globe, Biggs joined Jermyn Street Theatre as Associate Director in 2010. He directed many high profile, critically acclaimed revivals including Charles Morgan’s post-war classic The River Line, the UK premiere of Ibsen’s first performed play St John’s Night with Olivier-winning actress Sarah Crowe, and another Ibsen: Little Eyolf which starred Imogen Stubbs and Doreen Mantle. He was Associate to Trevor Nunn on JST’s production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon which transferred to the West End and New York. JST was subsequently nominated for The Peter Brook Empty Space Award and went on to win the Stage 100 Award for Fringe Theatre of the Year. Biggs became Artistic Director in 2013 and established JST as one of the first theatres to sign up to the Equity Fringe Agreement. Under his stewardship the theatre has thrived as a producing house with a policy of rediscovering classic plays and writers, whilst also staging new work and supporting emerging talent. Highlights include the first revival in over 75 years of John van Druten’s First World War classic Flowers of the Forest, starring Sophie Ward, the UK Premiere of Eugene O’Neill’s The First Man, and the London Premiere of Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden.
Biggs leaves JST at the end of August to take up his new role at The Playground.
His final production will be The UK Premiere of Maxim Gorky’s The Last Ones, which opens on 7th June.
Patrons: Celia Imrie,Cherie Lunghi, Lynn Seymour CBE
WE HAVE COMPLETED
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THE OUTSTANDING WORKS
TO BE COMPLETED ARE AS BELOW
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'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 it’s 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
The Playground Theatre is extremely grateful to the following people for their generous contributions. Lynsey Baxter for the unique, antique French doors that lead into the theatre, Roger Tully for the 1910 Kahlman baby grand piano, Designer's Guild for the beautiful purple velvet fabric in the cafe, Terry D’Alfonso for the chandeliers in the café ,Claire Nathan for the cover photograph of the entrance doors to the theatre and Ollie Levy at RBKC for his support.
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