Tabard Theatre relaunches as Chiswick Playhouse
Wednesday 9 October 2019
The Tabard Theatre relaunches (in honour of the area's illustrious theatrical heritage) as Chiswick Playhouse, with an exciting opening season starting in late October.
Image courtesy Chiswick Playhouse
Another theatre gets a name change with West London's Tabard Theatre reopening as Chiswick Playhouse.
The Tabard brought important and innovative theatre back to Chiswick after a gap of over twenty years after the 1959 closure of the much-loved Chiswick Empire.
Chiswick Playhouse is a relatively small space but has big ambitions, promising an exciting opening season to mark its relaunch.
The venue aims to produce new work as well as reimagining classic stories.
It will create in-house productions and bring shows of West End calibre to the locality - at a fraction of the ticket price!
Mark Perry, Executive Director of Chiswick Playhouse, commented ...
"Having been a Chiswick resident myself for over 15 years, I'm aware of the remarkable history of artists and theatre practitioners that have lived and worked in the area.
By changing the name, we want to demonstrate our pride in our local heritage and ensure that the local community recognises the venue as Chiswick's local theatre.
We also want the wider London theatregoing audience to recognise our reputation as an exciting producing theatre, creating shows that will start in Chiswick and move on to other London venues and beyond.
Lots of venues focus on types of work - new writing, musicals etc.
Rather than genres, we want Chiswick Playhouse to be the breeding ground for the next generation of top creatives.
As part of our first season we're delighted to have rising stars Charlotte Westenra, Lucy Jane Atkinson and Phoebe Barran directing our in-house productions."
Launching Chiswick Playhouse's inaugural season, from 30th October to 30th November, is the UK premiere of the revamped, brand-new version of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
After playing over 5,000 performances off-Broadway, this hilarious and poignant musical comedy was substantially re-written in 2018 to reflect the challenges facing the romantics of today.
It is now presented for the first time in the UK with a stellar West End cast and direction from Charlotte Westenra (Kiss of the Spiderman, Donmar Warehouse; Frost/Nixon, Michael Grandage Company as Associate Director).
Other shows in the venue's upcoming Winter Season include:
Hansel and Gretel - 4th December - 4th January
Christmas at Chiswick Playhouse - 8th, 15th, 22nd December
Could It Be Magic - 14th - 18th January
Great British Mysteries: 1599 - 21st - 25th January
The Scene - 28th January - 1st February
Tryst - 5th February - 29th February
Harry Baker - 1st and 2nd March
Iain Stirling - 1st - 5th March