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What you need to know about Theatre503:

Theatre503 is an intimate fringe theatre above The Latchmere Pub. It opened in 1982 as the studio theatre arm of Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. It changed name once to the Grace Theatre, but took the name Theatre503 when the venue re-launched with an emphasis on new writing.

Despite its small size, Theatre503 is an important part of the London theatre scene because it allows new writers the chance to submit work. It also gives new companies the chance to be develop and perform. They are fiercely committed to finding the best in emerging talent, whether in directing, designing, performing or writing. Their literary department reads and responds to every script submitted. It’s quite possible that you might see the next big thing here, so our advice is take a punt on whatever is being shown.

Lisa Spirling is the Artistic Director.

Top facts about Theatre503: 

  1. Playwrights with work performed at Theatre 503 during the early stages of their career include Duncan Macmillan, Rachel Wagstaff, Phil Porter and Dennis Kelly.
  2. Theatre503’s cosy space seats just 60 visitors.

Key information about Theatre503:


Tube: Tube station options include going to Sloane Square (Circle and District lines) and taking the number 319 bus; going to South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines) and taking the number 49 or 345 bus; or going to Vauxhall (Victoria lines) and taking the number 344 bus.

Train: Clapham Junction is served by Southern, Southwest and London Overground trains. Take the Grant Road exit and then take bus number 44, 49, 344 or 345 to the theatre.

Bus: Bus numbers 44, 49, 319, 344 and 345 all stop directly outside the Latchmere pub. To plan your route visit the Transport for London website.

Parking: Parking in the surrounding area is free after 6pm each day.

Accessibility info:

For accessibility enquiries, please contact the Theatre503 box office on 020 7978 7040.

Access performances:

Theatre 503 schedules relaxed performances. For more information, check the individual show listings on their website or phone the box office.


Theatre503 is above The Latchmere, a classic London pub that has been lovingly restored in recent years. They specialise in real ales and an upmarket take on pub grub. If you’re looking to eat before seeing a performance, they offer a pre-theatre menu at a set price of £15 for two courses and £18 for three courses, when ordered before 7pm.

For more information visit Theatre503’s website.