Theatre 503

Theatre, Fringe Battersea
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Theatre 503

Initially established in 1982 as an offshoot of The Gate, Theatre 503 is a stalwart of the London fringe that enjoyed a dazzling moment in the spotlight when its 2009 premiere production of Kaitori Hall's 'The Mountaintop' transferred to the West End and beat Jez Butterworth 'Jerusalem' to the Best New Play Olivier. Clearly that's not an annual occurance, but the theatre is serious about its new writing and pumps out a steady stream of productions that are indubitably worth a look if you want to check out the stars of tomorrow. 

It sits above the Latchmere Pub, a spacious, agreeable boozer that recently had a gastro makeover.


Venue name: Theatre 503
Address: 503
Battersea Park Road
SW11 3BW
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square/South Kensington; Rail: Clapham Junction
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Love it. Developed into a performance space by some big names (Tom Hardy, heard of him?), this is one of the best fringe theatres in London. It is well proportioned, comfortable and tends to show work that is of a higher quality than other fringe venues. 

A stalwart for new writing and working with young producers, the team shows a progressive outlook and wants to get people involved in theatre. A fair few productions I have seen at the 503 have transferred to bigger stages and some well known writers have cut their teeth here. That's not to say that every show is a gem but you can't have it all. 

It's a bit of a shame that the stage couldn't be expanded a bit more into the cavernous (in comparison) lobby and that the pub underneath is a bit of a rip off but even those failings can't stop it from being one of the cream of the crop of London fringe. 

One of the best places to see theatre in the world without getting ripped off by Ticketmaster

This play is not only very funny it is also very moving. It has hidden depths and is multi layered . The four characters are beautifully fleshed out and each character has a journey within the play. Dog Days is unpredictable and never boring. The young couple, the suited and booted Tony, and Hayley all height and eyeliner are a strong contrast to the older couple of John and Cate. Optmism and youth square up to age and maturity when the tussle of the house selling process begins. What seems a straightforward sale is far from that...and this hilarious romps leads the audience into the dark waters of love loss and real estate. This is theatre at its best...entertaining relevant ...laugh out loud. It is so funny and witty..I defy anybody not to laugh.