Dame Judi Dench becomes Omnibus patron

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Appointments - Birthdays - Off-West End

Marking the venue's 5th birthday, Dame Judi Dench is announced as Omnibus Theatre's latest patron as well as a full programme of celebratory events.
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Omnibus Theatre in Clapham celebrates its 5th Birthday on the 10 November 2018 with a programme of events - many of them free and with something for the whole family.

And, adding to the excitement of the impending anniversary, the venue has today announced that Dame Judi Dench will be its newest Patron.

Dame Judi Dench becomes Omnibus patron

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She joins a number of high profile figures from across the arts and theatre community who are supporting the award-winning Off-West End venue and helping to build its London-wide profile.

Dame Judi commented ...

"Small theatres such as Omnibus are the lifeblood of our industry.

Without them, many actors - myself included - would not have had the same opportunity to hone our craft.

I am delighted to be joining as a patron of Omnibus Theatre as it begins its next exciting chapter.

It is a wonderful theatre, brimming with talent."

Omnibus Theatre's patrons also include Sir Michael Gambon, the Old Vic's Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, acclaimed director Richard Eyre and Maggi Hambling CBE.

Since launching in 2013 as an independent theatre in Clapham, South London, the venue has gone on to produce six critically acclaimed productions including Woyzeck (2013), Macbeth (2014), Colour (2015), Mule (2016), Spring Offensive (2017) and Zeraffa Giraffa (2017) and hosted 2,513 performances and events.

Artistic Director Marie McCarthy said ...

"Omnibus Theatre has come a long way in a short space of time.

It's taken a monumental, combined effort from our dedicated team, supporters and loyal audience to get to this point and we are thrilled that Dame Judi Dench has joined us on our shared mission.

Her support is phenomenal news for an Off-West End theatre like ours that survives without any core-funding."

Birthday events

To also celebrate the theatre's 5th birthday, actor Bill Nighy will be talking to broadcaster and journalist Miranda Sawyer for a unique 'In Conversation With' followed by an opportunity for an audience Q&A.

The day will also be filled with free activities, interactive installations, exhibits chronicling the theatre's journey so far and performances, including a sharing by Actors Alive, Omnibus youth theatre, a special reading by local award-winning chldren's author Dianne Hofmeyr of her new book Tiger Walk.

Here's the full programme of birthday events:

2pm - Actors Alive sharing - FREE EVENT

Enjoy a snippet of work from the venue's wonderful youth theatre as they give audiences their take on the last 5 years.

2pm - 3.30pm - Open House - FREE EVENT

Join in the birthday bash with some birthday cake and enjoy free events, receive a personalised poem by poet Liz Ward who will be taking up residence for the afternoon and enjoy a drawing workshop by Scott Turnbull, the talented theatre-maker behind the production SMOG.

2.45pm-3.30pm - FREE EVENT

Join acclaimed children's author Dianne Hofmeyr on a journey through the jungle as she reads her new book Tiger Walk.

Recommended ages 5-9.

4pm - In Conversation with ... Bill Nighy - tickets from £15 to £100

Esteemed actor Bill Nighy will be in conversation with The Guardian's Miranda Sawyer, followed by a question and answer session, giving audiences the opportunity to ask Bill their burning questions.

7.30pm - The Pit and the Pendulum - tickets £16 and £13

Edgar Allen Poe's classic tale is reimagined.

A political prisoner wakes in a pitch-black cell, unable to see what terror hides in the darkness.

As tension and fear escalate, the chances of survival grow slim.

Award-winning Creation Theatre Company return to Omnibus Theatre with an immersive experience like no other.

9pm - Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go? - tickets £13 and £11

With felt-tip pens and his ex-girlfriend's overhead projector, Scott Turnbull takes us on a journey through space and time.

This frolic of cartoon and comic reason miraculously weaves science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy-tale and farce.

With live drawings and absurd, existential musings it's funny and heart-breaking all at the same time.


Omnibus Theatre

1 Clapham Common North Side

London SW4 0QW


Birthday celebrations on 10 November 2018


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