The Bridge House Theatre to relaunch

London theatre news: Wednesday 21 April 2021

London Fringe - Theatres

Closed last December, The Bridge House Theatre is set to get a relaunch and a new lease of life this summer under the artistic direction of Luke Adamson
The Bridge House Theatre external view

Photo credit: Katie Lee

Back in December last year, after 7 years at the helm, Guy Retallack sadly 'called time' on The Bridge House Theatre, which duly closed.

But with only a relatively short hiatus, The Bridge Theatre is set to spring back to life this summer under the artistic direction of Luke Adamson who said ...

"I'm delighted to have been given the chance to relaunch The Bridge House theatre.

I live in the area and I know the wealth of creative talent that we have around here, there is a huge opportunity to make something special for Penge and really make a name for ourselves on the pub theatre and Off West End scene.

We will have a focus on Creatives & Community, we want to do what we can to serve both of these groups and we look forward to meeting lots of new people, opening up conversations and creating a space that people want to bring shows to, and see shows at."

Luke is an actor, writer and director with over twenty years experience and he comes to The Bridge House Theatre following four very successful years as Associate Director at the award winning Hope Theatre in Islington.

During his time at The Hope, working alongside Artistic Director Matthew Parker, the venue won five Off West End awards and was nominated for Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards.

His own work has received numerous accolades including nominations in both acting and directing categories at the Offies for Luke himself and his play "Oh No It Isn't" won Best Comedy at The Cormac Richard awards in Cornwall in 2020.

Mr Adamson already has some interesting plans for revamping The Bridge House Theatre's programme in which he aims to feature shows from established small scale companies as well as offering opportunities for emerging theatre makers.

The schedule will include entertaining and socially conscious shows and will offer opportunities to, and representation of, groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the theatre world, including

- working class artists

- artists from the Global Majority

- non binary or gender fluid artists

- LGBTQ+ artists.

Situated in Penge, The Bridge House Theatre is an adaptable 60 seat theatre which offers a wealth of options for creatives and a chance for each production to completely transform the space.

And with a wider audience in mind, the venue will also offer each performing company the opportunity to film their show to stream online for a period once their show has completed its run.

Expect more details about the relaunch in the near future including details for theatre companies and producers about how to submit work.


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