"Something remarkable is happening at the Playground Theatre. This newest of venues on the London fringe, inhabiting a converted bus garage up Latimer Road, just a few yards from Westway and, beyond that, the charred remains of Grenfell Tower. A kind of cultural rebirth. Just as the space underneath the motorway buzz with the activity of sportsmen on the floodlit astroturf pitches, so too does the once industrial space of the Playground positively hum with creativity and innovation. Having burst upon the scene a few months ago with a memorable staging of ‘Picasso’, we now get a new work from the practised pen of Jonathan Lewis, which, in his own production, is every bit as arresting and unusual." ✭✭✭✭✭  BritishTheatre.com

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2nd July 2018

Rosey Chan And More At The Playground Theatre

"Rosey Chan is one of the world's most eclectic pianists." BBC World Service
"You ARE avant-garde" David Lynch
"When I listen to Rosey Chan, she makes my soul smile" Quincy Jones

We are very happy to welcome Rosey Chan, pianist and composer, who will perform new, original material composed by her, set against a multi-media installation created with celebrated film director, Mike Figgis. During this solo appearance, "Rosey Chan Live in Concert", Chan will play contemporary classical, electronica, jazz and spoken word material, demonstrating her unconventional mastery of diverse musical styles and traditions.

Tickets available from: www.theplaygroundtheatre.london/events/roseychan

REBELFEST SUCCESS

On June 22 and 23, we held a free community festival REBELFEST at the theatre. An excellent couple of days of theatre. music, comedy, performance art, spoken word and food and drink was enjoyed by all. The festival even featured a world premiere reading of Steven Berkoff's new play WEINSTEIN. Written in response to the huge media trial of the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, Berkoff explored both Weinstein’s appalling behaviour and also the hypocrisy that has surrounded his ignominious fall from grace.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved - our sponsors The Westway Trust, The Grove Music Studios and Portobello Radio, all the artists who came and performed, and of course everyone who came and attended the festival.

JAMES ACASTER TICKETS ON SALE

Join James at The Playground Theatre as he works on his upcoming show 'Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999'. James’ last three shows and Recap form the upcoming Netflix four-part series, Repertoire. He is the first UK comic to shoot more than one Netflix Original special. His debut book 'Classic Scrapes' made the Sunday Times bestseller list. A whimsical master, he has received acclaim from around the world, including a record breaking 5 consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You, QI and Have I Got News for You.

Tickets available from: www.theplaygroundtheatre.london/events/jamesacaster

5th April 2018

Shirleymander Cast Announced / Nina Conti

Book now for Shirleymander at The Playground Theatre, London W10 23rd May to 16th June - set to be the hottest play this summer and tickets are selling fast.

Get ready for a rip-roaring ride through 80s local politics with Shirley Porter. Shirleymander will be the first production Anthony Biggs - The Playground's new co-artistic director – will direct in this vibrant new space.

Support your local theatre and book a bunch of tickets for an entertaining evening out.

EXCELLENT CAST NOW ON BOARD


JESSICA MARTIN as SHIRLEY PORTER Jessica Martin is a multi-talented performer - comedy impressionist to musical theatre leading lady and scriptwriter. Spitting Image, Doctor Who, Me and My Girl, Mack and Mable, Sunset Boulevard, Spamalot.

JACK KLAFF as multiple roles  Jack Klaff is a writer, actor, director and academic. On screen: Star Wars, The Sweeney, Midsomer Murders, Poirot. On stage: Macbeth, Claudius, Iago, Trigorin, Gayev, Lord Foppington. 

OMAR BAROUD as multiple roles Omar Baroud has performed in All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits, conceived by Shakespeare’s Globe and Mark Rylance. On screen: Netflix series The Innocents. On stage: The Last Ones at Jermyn Street Theatre and Irvine Welsh’s new Pop Opera “Creatives”.

AMANDA WAGGOTT as multiple roles Amanda is a performer, writer, director and teacher. On stage – Lil in Kindertransport, Brigitte in The Family That Could..., Mother in Theatre503 RWR, five characters in The Tale of Two Todgers, Anne Seymour in The Blessed. 

NINA CONTI AT THE PLAYGROUND THEATRE

29th March 2018

The world premiere of Jane Austen's Persuasion opens at The Playground Theatre on April 17th. Produced by the award-winning Theatre 6, the play features actor musicians in Stephanie Dale's new adaptation of Austen's final novel. The cast of six phenomenal actor musicians will bring this magical and dynamic new adaptation to life.

Ceri-Lyn Cissone will portray Persuasion’s heroine and protagonist, Anne. Ceri-Lyn received high praise for her performance in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, transferring with the show to New York. Recently she played the hilarious and transformative female lead, Janet, in The Rocky Horror Show across Europe. An incredible pianist and winner of the Ian Fleming Award, Ceri-Lyn’s performance as Anne in Persuasion is sure to be extraordinary.
Jane Austen’s Persuasion is her final novel and her most compelling romance. Known for its eclectic mix of characters, comedic to tragic and everything in between. We are delighted to announce the company of actors bringing all these characters to life, including Matthew Atkins (The Rocky Horror Show, Manchester Palace), Indigo Griffiths (The Interrogation of Sandra Bland, Bush Theatre), Jason Ryall (Twelfth Night, York Theatre Royal), Lucinda Turner (ITV’s Vanity Fair) and Siobhán Gerrard (Present Laughter, Theatre Royal Bath).

Equity at The Playground Theatre

‘I’m delighted that we have chosen to sign up to The Equity Fringe agreement. We want the Playground to be a space where artists of all disciplines have the licence to take risks, and we feel this happens best in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere. This agreement ensures that our actors and stage managers are treated with the respect they deserve.’
Anthony Biggs - Artistic Director, The Playground Theatre

22nd March 2018

What's On at The Playground

Read yesterday's Evening Standard article on Soldier On: 

8th March 2018

Coming to The Playground Theatre in April, Jane’s Austen’s Persuasion announces its cast of six phenomenal actor musicians, bringing this magical and dynamic new adaptation to life. Ceri-Lyn Cissone will portray Persuasion’s heroine and protagonist, Anne. Ceri-Lyn received high praise for her performance in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, transferring with the show to New York. Recently she played the hilarious and transformative female lead, Janet, in The Rocky Horror Show across Europe. An incredible pianist and winner of the Ian Fleming Award, Ceri-Lyn’s performance as Anne in Persuasion is sure to be extraordinary.

1st March 2018

Jessica Martin (Doctor Who, Elf the Musical, Sunset Boulevard) to star in WORLD PREMIERE at The Playground Theatre 23 May to 16 June 2018.  

London is in the midst of a housing crisis. Properties stand empty while homelessness soars. Close-knit communities are destroyed for profit. Local councils are accused of 'social cleansing', as families are evicted and forced to move away or into unsafe accommodation while affordable homes are sold as investment properties.  

It’s the 1980s and in City Hall Tesco heiress Shirley Porter reigns supreme as the Leader of Westminster Council.  

First broadcast to great acclaim on BBC Radio 4, Greg Evans’s Shirleymander is directed by The Playground Theatre’s new Artistic Director Anthony Biggs. Staged in the shadow of Grenfell Tower, this production is set to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.   

'One of the most extraordinary, and most calamitous careers in the history of British local Government.' Nothing Like a Dame by Andrew Hosken  

‘A vividly impressionistic play… brutally comic, unexpectedly sad.' Daily Telegraph 

  'An atmosphere of poisonous paranoia ... Excellent fun.' The Times 

14th February 2018

We are delighted to announce that the world premiere of a new adaptation of Jane’s Austen’s "Persuasion" will run at The Playground Theatre from April 17th to 28th!

Adapted for the stage by Stephanie Dale, this moving, comedic drama is directed by award-winning Kate McGregor, features original music by Maria Haik Escudero to be played live by a company of actor-musicians and is produced by Theatre6, co-producers of the award-winning, West End smash hit The Scottsboro Boys and critically acclaimed tour of Gabriel.

“Persuasion” - Jane Austen’s final novel - is the story of Anne Elliott; a shy woman from the south coast of England who was young and in love. Engaged to the dashing but poor naval officer, Commander Wentworth, her ambitious family tore them apart. Years later, the tables have turned and a chance encounter could lead Anne towards the true love she has yearned for or a life forever alone.

Filled with live music, drama, laughter and romance, Theatre6’s Persuasion is not to be missed.

Soldier On

The next production at The Playground Theatre is “Soldier On” - a new stage play written by soldier-turned-actor-turned-writer-and-director Jonathan Guy Lewis - which runs from 13th to 31st March. A passionate group of individuals, many of them army veterans, will bring to life through a combination of storytelling and dance, hard-hitting, poignant and close to their own hearts experiences. It's their words that do the talking in what one veteran, filmmaker Neil Davies, has named “The Full Military Monty”. This is a heart warming story about surviving the forces and PTSD and what happens when you leave the military ‘family”.

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The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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