Southwark Playhouse Elephant opens this week

London gets a brand new theatre this week, with the opening of Southwark Playhouse Elephant in Elephant & Castle in South London.

The new venue is a short distance from Southwark Playhouse’s current theatre, which has recently been rebranded Southwark Playhouse Borough.

The new 310 seater theatre in Elephant & Castle opens this Thursday, 26 January 2023, with a community theatre production called Bermondsey Revolution (until 28 January).

Then on 17 February, a revival of Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce opens at the new theatre, starring Dan Skinner, Emmet Byrne, Killian Coyle and Rachelle Diedericks.

The theatre has been a long time coming, with the idea first conceived in 2006, and planned to open in 2021 – before the full effects of Covid hit.

Artistic director of Southwark Playhouse Chris Smyrnios told the BBC recently that: “It’s a great feeling to come to the end of the journey and to be at the beginning of a new one. Because of the regeneration, we’ve always been renting places and never really had a place of our own. Finally, we’re in a building which is where we can set our roots, it’ll be our forever home and it’ll be a great place to be able to serve the community but also put on world-class theatre by new and emerging theatre practitioners.”

Coming soon to Southwark Playhouse Borough is Smoke by Kim Davies from 1 February; Windfall by Scooter Pietsch from 9 February; and Brilliant Jerks by Joseph Charlton from 1 March.

Book tickets to The Walworth Farce at Southwark Playhouse Elephant


📷 Main photo: Southwark Playhouse Elephant


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