About Us

‘Southwark Playhouse’s brand is as quirky as it is classy’ The Stage

Southwark Playhouse is all about telling stories and inspiring the next generation of storytellers and theatre makers. It aims to facilitate the work of new and emerging theatre practitioners from early in their creative lives to the start of their professional careers.

Through our schools work we aim to introduce local people at a young age to the possibilities of great drama and the benefits of using theatre skills to facilitate learning. Each year we engage with over 5,000 school pupils through free schools performances and long-term in school curriculum support.

Through our Young Company (YoCo), a free youth-led theatre company for local people between the ages of 14-25, we aim to introduce young people to the many and varied disciplines of running a professional theatre company. YoCo provides a training ground to build confidence and inspire young people towards a career in the arts.

Our theatre programme aims to facilitate and showcase the work of some of the UK’s best up and coming talent with a focus on reinterpreting classic plays and contemporary plays of note. Our two atmospheric theatre spaces enable us to offer theatre artists and companies the opportunity to present their first fully realised productions. Since 1993 we have produced and presented early productions by many aspiring theatre practitioners many of whom are now enjoying flourishing careers.

What People Say…

‘a hit factory’ Evening Standard

‘a powerhouse destination for musical theatre’ Daily Mail

‘One of the city’s go-to venues for razor-sharp musical theatre’ Time Out

‘…they’ve carved out such unique and distinctive spaces…Southwark Playhouse now occupies a key place on our London theatre map’ Mark Shenton, The Stage

An astounding venueThe Guardian

High-achieving, life-giving spirit Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

…the revitalised Southwark PlayhouseLyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘Southwark Playhouse churns out arresting productions at a rate of knots Time Out

I love that venue so much. It is, without doubt, one of the most exciting theatre venues in London.’ Philip Ridley, Playwright