The Playground Theatre is a new theatre in Ladbrook Grove (Latimer Road) that is being built in a converted bus depot. It will open in October this year with the first season being announced soon.
Anthony Biggs, who last month announced that he will be leaving his post as Artistic Director of
Jermyn Street Theatre
this Summer, will join as co-artistic director with the founder of The Playground Theatre, actor and producer Peter Tate. Previously the Playground has had a long history of supporting artists to create their theatrical visions. Having won the Samuel Beckett award for innovative theatre and worked with many world-class artists, in its new role as a fully functioning venue, The Playground Theatre will continue working with both established and emerging artists to strive to create work that is bold and imaginative, whilst fully engaging the rich diversity of the community of which it is part.
Tate originally founded The Playground in 2001 as a space to allow artists the time and freedom to explore and play with their theatrical ideas without the pressure to force their work into a box too early. Since then it has played host to and supported some of most dynamic theatrical talent from the UK and around the world, both establishe d and emerging, as well as film and television companies.