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Theatre503
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Theatre503 and Latchmere Pub, from Battersea Park Road
Address 503 Battersea Park Road
City London
Country  United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°28′29″N 0°09′15″W / 51.4746°N 0.1542°W / 51.4746; -0.1542Coordinates: 51°28′29″N 0°09′15″W / 51.4746°N 0.1542°W / 51.4746; -0.1542
Capacity 63 seats
Type Fringe theatre
Opened 1982
Years active 30
Other names The Grace Theatre, The Latchmere Theatre
Production New Writing
Website
www.theatre503.com

Theatre503 is located at 503 Battersea Park Road in Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth, above the Latchmere pub. It is a performing arts venue which specialises in groundbreaking plays. Their programme combines new plays by new playwrights with "Establishing the Future by Igniting the Past" through their Second Look programme of work un-revived since the 1980s/'90s and Playwright Presents, in which well known playwrights such as Howard Brenton, Caryl Churchill and Timberlake Wertenbaker.

History[edit]

Theatre503 was originally founded in 1982 as an off-shoot of the Gate Theatre (London), and is a custom-built studio theatre. The opening production was a new adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which proved so successful that the production transferred to the West End.

The original name of the theatre was linked with the pub downstairs, but in 2002, the theatre relaunched under Artistic Director Paul Higgins under its new name of Theatre503 as a home for new writing. In November 2006 Paul Robinson and Tim Roseman were appointed as artistic directors with the specific brief to develop the profile of the theatre, and the new theatre launched with the European Premiere of The Atheist.

Since 2002, the venue has seen the premiere of more than fifty new writers, including Dennis Kelly, Phil Porter, Duncan Macmillan and Rachel Wagstaff. It went on to win the Peter Brook Empty Space Award, was nominated for a Time Out Live Award in 2006, and won an Olivier Award in 2010 for its production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Tim Roseman left Theatre503 in October 2012 and is now Artistic Director of PlayWriting Australia. Paul Robinson opened his 1st season as sole Artistic Director with 'Desolate Heaven', a new play by Ailís Ní Ríain.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2011

Winner – Off West End Awards: Most Welcoming Theatre Best New Musical (Porn – The Musical) People’s Choice Best Female Performance (Jessie Cave for Breed) Nomination – Most Promising Playwright (Gabriel Bisset-Smith for The Charming Man) Winner – Off West End Adopt A Playwright Competition – Sarah Grochala

  • 2010

Winner – Olivier Awards, Best New Play, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall Nominated – Olivier Awards, Best Actress, Lorraine Burroughs for The Mountaintop Nominated – WhatsOnStage Awards – Best Actor, David Harewood for The Mountaintop Nominated – WhatsOnStage Awards – Best New Play, Katori Hall for The Mountaintop Nominated ­– Alfred Fagon Award – Rex Obano for Slaves

  • 2009

Nominated – Evening Standard Awards, Most Promising Playwright, Katori Hall for The Mountaintop Shortlisted – Evening Standard Awards – Best Actor, David Harewood for The Mountaintop Nominated – TMA Awards, Best New Play, The Lifesavers by Fraser Grace (co-production with Mercury Theatre, Colchester) Winner – Meyer Whitworth Award, Ali Taylor for Cotton Wool

  • 2008

Nominated – Peter Brook Empty Space Award

Productions[edit]

Previous productions[edit]

  • 5 February - 2 March 2013, Desolate Heaven by Ailís Ní Ríain
  • 29 January - 2 February 2013, Freak/Staunch/Closure by Anna Jordan
  • 22 January - 26 January 2013, Festopia by Various
  • 8 January - 19 January 2013, Steve And Then It Ended by Adam Usden
  • 9 December - 10 December 2012, XY by Various
  • 4 December - 5 January 2012, Cul-De-Sac by Matthew Osborn
  • 6 November - 1 December 2012, Where The Mangrove Grows by Joe Hammond
  • 9 October - 3 November 2012, Elegy by Douglas Rintoul
  • 2 October - 6 October 2012, Shhhh... by 503Five
  • 4 September - 29 September 2012, Life for Beginners by Various
  • 12 July - 13 July 2012, Billy Chickens is a Psychopath Superstar
  • 10 June - 11 June 2012, XY by Various
  • 5 June - 30 June 2012, MEAT by Jimmy Osborne
  • 29 May - 2 June 2012, Mudlarks by Vickie Donoghue
  • 1 May - 26 May 2012, Shiverman by James Sheldon
  • 23 April - 28 April 2012, The Mole and the Worm by Lowri Jenkins
  • 17 April - 21 April 2012, The Crossing by Esther O'Toole
  • 20 March - 14 April 2012, The Girl In The Yellow Dress by Craig Higginson
  • 26 February 2012, Blast Off
  • 7 February - 3 March 2012, Mathematics of the Heart by Kefi Chadwick
  • 10 January - 4 February 2012, Man in the Middle - a wikiplay by Ron Elisha
  • 3 January - 7 January 2012, This Year It Will Be Different
  • 1 November - 26 November 2011, The Swallowing Dark by Lizzie Nunnery[1]
  • 17 October - 29 October 2011, Kalashnikov: In The Woods By The Lake by Fraser Grace
  • 27 September - 4 October 2011, Hacked by Various
  • 30 August - 24 September 2011, Beasts (Las Brutas) by Juan Radrigan
  • 15 July - 17 July 2011, Carrot by ben Ockrent
  • 17 May - 11 June 2011, Many Moons by Alice Birch
  • 19 April - 14 May 2011, SOLD by Suzie Miller
  • 27 March - 28 March 2011, International Women's Month: PLAYlist
  • 23 March - 16 March 2011, The Consultant by Neil Fleming
  • 15 March - 19 March 2011, Ruffled by Ellen Gylen
  • 15 February - 12 March 2011, The Biting Point by Sharon Clark
  • 18 January - 5 February 2011, Bonnie And Clyde
  • 5 January - 8 February 2011, Pushing Up Poppies by Kieran Lynn
  • 7 December - 12 December 2010, Phantasmagoaria by Gravel Theatre
  • 23 November - 5 December 2010, Coalition by Various
  • 20 October - 13 November 2010, The Charming Man by Gabriel Bisset-Smith
  • 21 September - 16 October 2010, Breed by Lou Ramsden
  • 15 June - 10 July 2010, Wild Horses by Nimer Rashed
  • 11 May - 5 June 2010, Madagascar by JT Rogers
  • 7 April - 1 May 2010, Porn the Musical by Boris Cezek, Kris Spiteri, Malcolm Galea and Abigail Guan
  • 2 March - 27 March 2010, Peter and Vandy by Jay DiPietro
  • 26 January - 20 February 2010, Slaves by Rex Obano
  • 27 October - 21 November 2009, This Much Is True by Paul Unwin and Sarah Beck
  • 9 June - 5 July 2009, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
  • 12 May - 6 June 2009, Inches Apart
  • 1 April - 26 April 2008, Cotton Wool by Ali Taylor
  • 6 May - 31 May 2008, Natural Selection by Paul Rigel Jenkins
  • 20 February - 15 March 2008, Shadow Language by Kelly Stuart
  • 27 November - 15 December 2007, Crestfall by Mark O'Rowe
  • 30 October - 24 November 2007, Songs of Grace and Redemption by John Donnelly
  • 9 October - 27 October 2007, The Final Shot by Ben Ellis
  • What's on listings from 1996 and current shows Arts Archive|

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wil Johnson – (In A Better World – 2010)". mattjhorn.wordpress.com. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 

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