The Playground Theatre

What we are

The Playground Theatre is one of London's newest off-west end venues. People visit our theatre to enjoy the latest drama, musical theatre, standup comedians, festivals and performing arts. They also visit The Playground Theatre to take part in outreach projects such as Well Read. Our gem of a theatre is a registered charity, we rely on kind donations and funding to remain open. We work with established and emerging artists nationally and across the globe. Our ethos has fostered many bold and imaginative new works. We are fully engaged with our rich and diverse community here in Kensington and Chelsea, and beyond. Around half of the work that we do at the theatre is outreach focused. We look forward to welcoming you through our doors.

History

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.

We made the decision to open the theatre to audiences in 2017.  The decision was born from the desire to bring the exceptional artists work, from those who had '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 includes international plays, classical concerts, opera, ballet, dance, and film. The Playground Theatre is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea W10. Our local community is culturally rich and diverse, we are proud to say that our theatre productions reflect this.
Peter Tate
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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.
Anthony Biggs
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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.

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The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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