Southwark Playhouse

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The biggest and most prolific theatre on the fringe

After a hugely successful 2012, this beloved fringe powerhouse was forced to quit its home underneath London Bridge due to redevelopment work at the station. Though Southwark Playhouse has been promised a spot in the revamped London Bridge, it moves – for now – to this old warehouse near Elephant & Castle.

With a 240-seat main house and a 120-seat studio, it's almost twice as big as the old venue and by far the largest London theatre that could be described as 'fringe'. The programming is tricky to pin down, but revolves around new writing and off-the-beaten track revivals, with a reputation for giving stripped down, thrilling second chances to unloved musicals.

Tickets are on the top end of fringe prices, with some musicals costing over £20. But production values are scaled up in the large space, and the quality is often barely distinguishable from the subsidised off-West End, and there's a tendency for on-the-up TV actors to make their stage debut there.

A convivial bar has a tendency to get very full, but there's a couple side rooms you can duck into.

Venue name: Southwark Playhouse
Address: 77-85
Newington Causeway
Transport: Tube: Borough, Elephant & Castle

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  • Monday August 3 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015
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  • Fringe Wednesday August 5 2015 - Saturday August 8 2015
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  • Wednesday August 12 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015
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  • Wednesday September 2 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015
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vivian l

vivian from new york

we are here for a short visit and are being driven nuts by your multiple addresses. you must make it clear that you have moved so people wanting to see the Tom Paine play from my country can find their way to you

Faye Dawson

I can't wait for these guys to get back to London Bridge, as they do some great intimate, thought-provoking and sometimes challenging pieces. One of the best fringe theatres in London, in an atmospheric venue in the arches.