Kensington and Chelsea, London
|Opened||Reopened November 2001|
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.
Theatre & Performance
Chelsea Theatre produces SACRED, a season of contemporary performance. Alongside London premiers of productions SACRED often features a series of critical symposia.
The 2006/7 season featured: 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 2008 Chelsea Theatre hosted 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.
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.
2010 saw an expansion to the SACRED season with a collaboration with artists from PS 122 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.
In 2013 Chelsea Theatre began working with Ben Walters who curated two events; a quarterly cabaret entitled Come With Me If You Want To Live and the biennial Not Television Festival.
Theatre For Children
Chelsea Theatre has included children's theatre in their programming since 2003. Companies to feature work at Chelsea Theatre include Monster Productions and Tall Stories.
Past shows: Weather Kitchen (2004), Feast (2005), A Handful of Sand (2006), Hogwash (2007), William's Monster (2008), Room on the Broom (2009), The Way Back Home (2012), My Brother the Robot (2013), The Ballad of Rudy (2013), Pop! (2014), Robin's Winter Adventure (2014), and Mr Tiger Goes Wild (2014)