Southwark Playhouse

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What you need to know about Southwark Playhouse:

Southwark Playhouse is a popular and highly respected fringe theatre. It started life on Southwark Bridge Road, before moving to a space in the vaults underneath London Bridge Station in 2007. In 2013, the theatre moved to its current venue near Elephant and Castle while the station was renovated. However, in 2018, the theatre will return to its London Bridge home.

Its programme is a mixture of new writing and revivals, often of forgotten musicals. The quality is regularly very high and they’ve had some big successes including several transfers, especially with their musicals. Head here if you relish the chance of stumbling on an unexpected hit.

The theatre has two spaces: a 240-seat main house and a 120-seat studio. The spaces are normally referred to as Large and Little. There is also a thriving bar area that serves affordable meals and drinks throughout the day.

Chris Smyrnios is the Artistic Director.

Top facts about Southwark Playhouse:

  1. Southwark Playhouse is one of the only theatres to not just have a Young Company, but also an Elders Company as well.
  2. A regular on awards lists, the playhouse earned nine awards nominations in 2016 alone. It won three of them, including the Offie for Best New Musical for Grey Gardens.
  3. Southwark Playhouse regularly runs community workshops and works with local schools. Previous work has included immersive Shakespeare for school pupils.

Key information about Southwark Playhouse:


Tube: The closest tube station is Borough (Northern line, Bank branch), which is a three minute walk from the venue. Alternately, go to Elephant and Castle (Northern line, Bank branch) and take the South Bank University Exit. It is then a five minute walk to the venue.

Train: Elephant and Castle train station is a five minute walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 176, 188, 196, 333, 343, 344, 360, 363, 415, 453, 468, C10, P5 all go to Elephant and Castle. Bus numbers 21, 35, 40, 133, 343, C10 go to Borough. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.

Parking: The closest car park is the NCP on the corner of Snowsfield and Kipling Street, which is a ten minute walk from the venue. Please note that Southwark Playhouse is within the congestion charge zone.

Accessibility info:

Southwark Playhouse is wheelchair accessible.

There are two wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium. Transfer seating is also available.

Working dogs are welcome in all areas of the theatre. Please arrange in advance if you would like to take them into the auditorium with you or if you’d prefer for a member of staff to dog-sit.

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact Southwark Playhouse on 020 7407 0234 or email [email protected]

Access performances:

Captioned performances using STAGETEXT are included in the schedule. For more information, please contact the box office or check the theatre’s website.


Southwark Playhouse is home to a popular and friendly bar/café area. The informal space serves a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus simple Italian dishes. Food is affordable and there are good vegetarians options. Kick back on one of the worn-in sofas and enjoy a craft beer before the show starts. The kitchen is open every day until 9pm.

For more information visit the Southwark Playhouse’s website