Bread and Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham,
Telephone: 020 8050 3025
Venue Email: [email protected]
Contact: Tessa Hart and Rebecca Pryle
A 40- to 60-seat fringe venue above The Bread & Roses Pub, the theatre programs a wide-spread variety of productions for local as well as far-reaching audiences. Artistic quality, equality and diversity are at the forefront of the theatre's programming, which features visiting companies as well as in-house productions, with a focus on new writing, underrepresented voices and distinctive work. The theatre has worked with award-winning ensembles with decades of experience but also frequently welcomes emerging companies taking their first steps and supports theatre-makers by providing box office split deals with no hidden fees. The programme includes new writing, contemporary revivals, reinvented classics and occasionally also devised work, improvisational theatre, comedy events, family shows and physical theatre.
Located within walking distance of several Underground and Overground stations in London Travel Zone 2 (Clapham North, Clapham Common, Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road) as well as many bus routes nearby, the theatre sits in a brilliant location. Furthermore, the pub downstairs offers drinks, food, a beer garden and on Fridays and Saturdays often live music after the theatre performances. Since 2018 the theatre also publishes selected scripts that premiere at the venue.
'this kind of venue proves what can be accomplished in the city’s smaller performance spaces' 17Percent
Previous shows include: 5-star-reviewed in-house productions of The Black Eye Club(Phil Charles), dirty butterfly (debbie tucker green), Low Level Panic (by Clare McIntyre)and Miss Julie (by August Strindberg, adapted by Tessa Hart) presented by the Bread & Roses Theatre Company; acclaimed 4-star-reviewed premiers of new plays White Feathers (by Suzy Gill), presented by Blue Ash Theatre Company, and Cooked (by Christopher Adams), presented by ScotchBonnet Theatre; a 5-star-reviewed new take on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (by John Foster) presented by Doppelganger Production; 5-star-reviewed Muscovado (by Matilda Ibini) which went on to tour the UK presented by BurntOut Theatre; the 5-star reviewed premier of The Princess Monologuesas well as the ground-breaking One Billion Rising and UNHEARD Festivals presented by Goblin Baby Theatre Co.; yearly sold-out V-Day benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues (by Eve Ensler); the premier of a brand-new translation of Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding (by Fay Lomas) presented by Dreamcatcher Theatre; and the London premier of Romeo & Rosaline (by Sharon Jennings) presented by award-winning theatre company Fentiman; a 5-star-reviewed revival of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)presented by Burn Bright Theatre; as well as many more as the theatre has worked with over 100 companies at this stage!
'exploring London’s fantastic fringe theatre scene is a rewarding experience, and at a fraction of cost of the big well-known productions. The Bread & Roses Theatre works well as a venue and made for the perfect setting' LondonTheatre1
In 2015 The theatre's team also went on to launch the Clapham Fringe Festival as well as The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award and The Bread & Roses Emerging Companies Award.
On September 21st 2015 The Bread & Roses Theatre was announced as a recipient of the 2015 ICWP 50/50 Applause Award and also listed on TimeOut as one of their readers' six favourite small-scale theatres in London. The theatre also received the ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards in 2016 and 2017.