We are delighted to welcome a new LTG Member to the Southern Region, they are Putney Arts Theatre. Based in Putney, West of London and just south of the River Thames their theatre is an old Union Church built in the 1860’s and opened as a theatre in July 1968. You can read their story HERE on their website.
They have a main auditorium – The Goodrich Theatre – seating 155 which is usually arranged in the traditional proscenium style but the flexible seating allows for in the round performances. They also have The Antony Bridges Studio Theatre, a black box that had seat up to 46 and which is also used as a rehearsal space. In summer they perform outdoors in the nearby Old Burial Ground and this year take part in the Hurlingham Festival at The Hurlingham Club where they will perform The Canterbury Tales. which they will also perform in the gardens of the nearby St Margaret’s Church.
Forthcoming productions include The Hound of the Baskervilles, Apologia, Amadeus, My Fair Lady, The Children and Scandaltown and details are on their website. They have a thriving youth arm Group 64 – theatre for young people – who have a separate website HERE which details their activities.
Their future plans include landscaping the car park in front of their theatre and the creation of more space, so they can hold rehearsals or classes at the same time as performances. As an organisation they continue to seek out innovation whilst being mindful that “our community of volunteers past and present have helped and continue to shape us as we go forwards.” They are “forever grateful to all those who came before us and transformed a dilapidated church into the thriving community space we now have.”
We welcome them to the LTG and look forward to meeting them at future LTG Conferences and events.
Anne Gilmour, July 2023