Chiswick playhouse

  • About
    It was 50 years ago that the curtain fell at the Chiswick Empire for the last time. So ended the golden age of theatre and cinema in Chiswick. Stars such as Laurel and Hardy, Vera Lynn, George Formby, Terry Thomas and Liberace all performed at the Empire when it was one of the most prominent theatres in London.

    Chiswick has always had an incredibly strong arts heritage. Not only have a raft of famous actors chosen Chiswick as their home – Colin Firth, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Briers, Ant and Dec – but also the playwrights who have lived there include some of the greatest names in British theatre – John Osbourne, Harold Pinter, Sir Arthur Pinero and Patrick Hamilton amongst others.

    Osbourne wrote Look Back in Anger while living in a houseboat in Chiswick, and Pinter used to live in a first floor flat in Chiswick where his landlord also invited a tramp to come and stay – hence the plot of The Caretaker!

    Since 1959, when the Empire closed its doors, the only theatre Chiswick has had, has been The Tabard Theatre, which has been a successful and popular local venue running since 1985. Over the years there have been many highlights – in-house productions such as The Famous Five, Stig of the Dump, Ruddigore and Tryst. There have been productions that have gone on to have successful runs elsewhere such as Liza Liza Liza and Wolfboy.

    To celebrate the area’s illustrious theatrical heritage, in 2019 the theatre was renamed the Chiswick Playhouse.
  • Built in
    1985
  • Address
    2 Bath Road
    Chiswick
    London
    W4 1LW
  • Booking Contact
    0208 994 5985
  • Website

Connected Mandy members:

Dominic Goldberg
2020, Where's Sam
Sam
Alma Reising
Alma Reising
Actor
2020, Harper Regan
Alison Woolley - Harper's mother
Sarah Reilly
Sarah Reilly
Fundraiser
2019, Various productions/general theatre fundraising support
Fundraising Consultant
Tallulah Sheffield
2019, Type On Paper
Director
Laura England
2019, Tied to the Vicarage, Tabard Theatre
Sandra/Monica/Rev. Isobel
Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes
Actor
2019, Tied to the Vicarage
Bishop
Omar Khan
Omar Khan
Actor
2019, Tied To The Vicarage
Geraldine
Emma von Schreiber
2019, Tied to the Vicarage
Julia
Sandra Szaron
Sandra Szaron
Stage Manager
2019, Tied To The Vicarage
Stage Manager / Lighting Designer
Will Langley
Will Langley
Actor
2019, Tied to the Vicarage
Geraldine/Ralph
Amelie Edwards
2019, Tied to the Vicarage
Karen (LEAD)
Miranda Shrapnell
2019, Tied to the Vicarage
Edward/George
Emma Stannard
2019, The Scene / #unfriended
Lauren
Meryl Griffiths
2019, The Scene (Tipping Point)
Eve
Ella Gamble
Ella Gamble
Actor
2019, The Scene
Actor
Kyle Jarrett
Kyle Jarrett
Lighting Designer
2019, The lost world of Malcom Ridge
Lighting designer + OP
Miranda Shrapnell
2019, The Lost World of Malcolm Ridge
Abigail Vashnay
Kristy Bruce
Kristy Bruce
Actor
2019, The Intervention
Laura
Maxine Howard
2019, The Intervention
Maria
Paul Foulds
Paul Foulds
Actor
2019, The Importance of Being Earnest
Lane/Moulton/Mr Gribsby