One year ago, Theatre N16 moved from Stoke Newington to Balham, with the promise to keep delivering affordable performance and rehearsal spaces to young companies and establish themselves as a new, exciting Off West End theatre space.
The last year has seen a wide variety of 4 and 5 star critical acclaimed shows; transfers into central London venues, the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals; and over 40 different theatre companies treading the boards at our home at the Bedford.
Our new season this Autumn brings back favourite companies and shows from last year, as well as introducing new companies to a London theatre audience. We’re also proud to offer more shows in the Bedford’s 200 seat Globe space.
The season opens with Torn Apart (Dissolution), which returns to N16 after a critically acclaimed short run last year and a Brighton Fringe transfer, followed by master storyteller Robert Crighton’s zombified Shakespeare in Undead Bard in early October.
Late October then sees our first shows in the Globe, with new work as part of a growing collaboration with alumni of Queen Mary’s University, along with Red Cape Black Cape, who return to us after another sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, and the return of associate director Whit Hertford with new Dracula adaptation Lunatic over Halloween. There will also be a one-off performance of critically-acclaimed play Frank Sumatra before it tours to Romania.
November sees our next full length run – In Love and Warcraft, new writing from Madhuri Shekar about the new paradigm of relationships online, followed by our next First Credit, featuring actors given their first professional credits with a script picked by our literary department. The Underground Clown Club will return with one-off specials in November with new material, and brand new company Vantage Point will premiere their new piece about loneliness early December.
Finally, in December, we will be presenting our first Christmas panto: an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. This will be playing alongside a brand new piece, Wellies, written by Tatty Hennessey and co-directed with Merley Theatre artistic director and Theatre N16 programming coordinator Scott Ellis. This will play alongside Simon Stephen’s Christmas, a rather darker look at the yuletide season, directed by Theatre N16 artistic director Jamie Eastlake with Sarah Chapleo.
Theatre N16 is a trailblazing company that wants to change the face of the theatre industry. No matter how little money a production has behind it, if it has potential and that spark of innovation, they want to know.
Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare of creatives, operating without a hire fee for external companies. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for the arts, making theatre accessible and affordable for audiences and in turn allowing artists to survive financially.