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Kensington and Chelsea, London
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Chelsea Theatre is a studio theatre located on the Kings Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. It presents, commissions, and produces new work and is the only theatre in London dedicated to Live Art. The theatre also does work with the local community. Since 2006 Chelsea Theatre has presented the Sacred Festival, a programme of Live Art.
The 2006/7 season, SACRED, consisted of new work commissioned by artists including: Goat Island (performance group), Ron Athey, Mem Morrison, Kazuko Hohki of Frank Chickens, Gary Carter and Third Angel. These artists mentored emerging theatre makers, including: Silke Mansholt, Dominic Johnson, Sheila Ghelani, Meline Danielewicz, Helena Hunter and Action Hero.
In April and May 2008 Chelsea Theatre produced and presented a new season of contemporary performance, with works from Curious, Richard Dedomenici, Marcella Puppini of the Puppini Sisters, Lois Weaver, Dries Verhoeven, Gustavo Ciriaco & Andrea Sonnberger, Julia Bardsley, Yara El-Sherbini, Rajni Shah, Dr Roberts' Magic Bus (including Olivier Award winner Miss High Leg Kick, Breathe and Chris Dobrowolski), Ernst Fischer and Helen Spackman. There was also a complementary series of critical symposia curated by the Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin and New Work Network.
In October and November 2008, Chelsea Theatre played host to a string of new performances from international performers, including Lone Twin Theatre, Andrew Poppy, Leibniz performance collective and the Croatian company BADco.
The SACRED season returned in October and November 2009, in collaboration with Thomas Frank and brut Wien, and supported by Arts Council England, The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture and the Austrian Cultural Forum. This season contained UK premieres of Central European performance by artists including Cezary Tomaszewski, Doris Uhlich, Jan Machacek, Thomas Desi's Operation Orlac (based on the classic silent film The Hands of Orlac), Oleg Soulimenko & Andrei Andrianov. These Central European artists were programmed alongside artists representing UK contemporary performance: 'The Divine' David Hoyle, Gob Squad, Helena Hunter, Paul Granjon, Stacy Makishi, Action Hero, Julia Bardsley & Andrew Poppy, Richard DeDomenici, Franko B and Curious. Alongside the performances were a series of workshops (led by Lone Twin, Bobby Baker, Franko B and Julia Bardsley & Andrew Poppy), lectures, an academic conference and community-led art events. For 2009, Chelsea Theatre also presented anarchic cabaret from such talents as: Frisky and Mannish, Frank Chickens, Bourgeois & Maurice and Miss High Leg Kick.
2010 saw an expansion to the season with a collaboration with artists from PS122 in New York. Chelsea hosted the UK premieres of Sara Juli's THE MONEY CONVERSATION, alongside Young Jean Lee's first play PULLMAN WA, and Richard Maxwell's ADS. Symposium contributors included PS122 Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, Ontological Hysteric Theater's Richard Foreman and Professor Lois Weaver. UK artists represented in the season included newly commissioned work from UK artists Marisa Carnesky, David Hoyle and Robin Deacon. Early evening foyer performances came from seven early career artists including Hattie Prust and Gillie Kleiman.
Current and Upcoming Work
SACRED now runs throughout the year, with the 12/13 season presenting Artists such as Karen Christopher and Dominic Johnson.
Theatre For Children
Since 2003, Chelsea Theatre has been presenting children's theatre, including companies like Monster Productions and Tall Stories. Past shows include: Weather Kitchen (2004), Feast (2005), A Handful of Sand (2006), Hogwash (2007), William's Monster (2008) and Room on the Broom (2009), The Way Back Home (2012) and My Brother the Robot (2013)
Children's theatre now runs throughout the year at Chelsea Theatre. The Christmas show for 2013 is 'The Ballad of Rudy' by children's theatre company Goblin.