Independent Bookshop and Theatre, owned and run by John Calder. It used to be an print house, translating into english, european writers such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Goethe and Zola.
Located in the very heart of London where gentrification has done for most places like this we find the Calder Bookshop and Theatre.
The business was founded by the publisher John Calder who brought us the likes of Samuel Beckett, Marguerite Duras and Jorge Luis Borges over a career that spanned 50 years.
In 2010 it was taken over by an ensemble of actors and directors who gave it a more overtly political slant. The shop stocks both new and second hand books, specialising in plays, politics and philosophy along with many other treasures.
Besides their own theatre productions they put on classic film screenings, live jazz sessions and host book launches in the beautifully intimate theatre located at the back of the bookshop. It is a must-visit place on the south side of the Thames.
The venue which many speak of as the beating heart of Waterloo’s cultural community also rents out rehearsal space both in their basement (which also houses a top notch blue Sauter piano) and their theatre space, both at a very affordable rate - check them out
Inga - 5 Stars
"The performances are sublime from beginning to end. It is undeniable that the interpretation of these actresses and actors transport the audience to a historical moment of transition in Soviet society, to a community in which emotions had a place." La Tundra
Inga - 4 Stars
"Essentially, this is a play about individuals choosing where they stand, and justifying it to the people with whom they have to co exist. By having the audience placed so inescapably in the action, we were offered as much of a choice as any of the characters." The Spy in the Stalls