West London’s Tabard Theatre has relaunched as Chiswick Playhouse with ambitious plans to build on its reputation as a producing house for new and innovative work.
Its first season sees a revamped revival of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the thriller Tryst and, for Christmas, Hansel and Gretel.
Executive director, Mark Perry, said today: “The Tabard Theatre, which opened in 1985, brought important and innovative theatre back to Chiswick after a gap of over 20 years following the 1959 closure of the much – loved Chiswick Empire .
“Chiswick Playhouse may be a small space but it has big ambitions and promises a fantastic opening season to mark its exciting relaunch.
“Chiswick Playhouse will produce new work as well as reimagining classic stories.
“It will create its own in-house productions and bring shows of West End calibre to West London at a fraction of the ticket price!
“Having been a Chiswick resident myself for over 15 years, I’m aware of the remarkable history of artists and theatre practitioners that have lived and worked in the area.
“By changing the name, we want to demonstrate our pride in our local heritage and ensure that the local community recognises the venue as Chiswick’s local theatre.
“We also want the wider London theatregoing audience to reco nise our reputation as an exciting producing theatre , creating shows that will start in Chiswick and move on to other London venues and beyond.
“We want Chiswick Playhouse to be the breeding ground for the next generation of top creatives.
“As part of our first season we’re delighted to have rising stars Charlotte Westenra, Lucy Jane Atkinson and Phoebe Barran directing our in-house productions”.
The revamped, brand – new version of the musical romcom, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, launches the inaugural season, running from October 30 – November 30,
Following the joys and tribulations of first dates , marriage, and growing old, the show stars George Rae (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and The Lion King, West End; Annie, UK tour) and Dominic Hodson (War Horse, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical , West End; West Side Story , UK tour).
They are joined by Laura Johnson ( Hair 50th Anniversary , The Vaults and Hope Mill Theatre; Madagascar , UK tour) and Naomi Slights ( Mamma Mia, West End; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Saturday Night Fever, UK tour) .
Hansel and Gretel runs from December 4 – January 4 and the theatrical season ends with a gripping revival of Tryst (February 5 -29), directed by Phoebe Barran.
Based on a true story , this tense, passion – fuelled thriller is about the serial fraudster, George Love.
The theatre will also host a series of one night shows, comedy nights and variety. For full details visit the theatre’s website.