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.
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‘Bring It On’ review
One of the best ever high school movies, given a musical makeover by Lin-Manuel Miranda? OMG! But ‘Bring It On’ gets a notably low-key UK premiere in this fringe production by the British Theatre Academy. The 2000 film features astonishing acrobatic...Musicals Monday August 20 2018 - Saturday September 1 2018
Goodnight Mister Tom
British Theatre Academy are staging a summer holiday treat at Southwark Playhouse: David Wood's adaptation of Michelle Magorian's WWII story. 'Goodnight Mister Tom' follows an evacuee who comes to live with a grumpy old man, in a relationship that transforms...Children's Monday August 20 2018 - Saturday August 25 2018
After staging moving mother-daughter story 'The Rink' earlier this year, Southwark Playhouse is putting on another female-led musical. 'Unexpected Joy' follows three generations of singers. Joy, the family matriarch, was a counter-cultural pop star in...Musicals Wednesday September 5 2018 - Saturday September 29 2018
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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
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.