Tabard Theatre

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Tabard Theatre
Tabard Theatre logo.png
Address Bath Road, Turnham Green
Hounslow, London
Owner Pulling Focus Ltd
Type Fringe Theatre
Capacity 96 seats
Construction
Opened 1985
Rebuilt 2005
Architect Richard Norman Shaw
Website
www.tabardtheatre.co.uk

The Tabard Theatre is an intimate, 96 seat theatre located in Chiswick in the London Borough of Hounslow. Close to Turnham Green Underground station, it is situated above the Tabard Hotel public house which was built in 1880 by the architect Norman Shaw [1] for the Bedford Park Estate. The upper walls of the public house are covered in arts and craft tiles by William De Morgan, and the fireplaces have surrounds of tiles created by Walter Crane – an early example of Art Nouveau.

History[edit]

3-D model of the theatre's interior

Early years[edit]

It was licensed for theatre use in 1985 and was founded by a group of playwrights, one of whom is Sheila Dewey.

It created a strong reputation for new writing but also developed into a breeding ground for experimental theatre and alternative comedy.

Later years[edit]

Since 2005 the theatre has undergone extensive refurbishment work which is now complete. At the end of 2007, the Tabard Theatre started to produce in house making it one of the few theatres to do so in a studio theatre with no central funding. In 2009, New Boy, (a co-production at the Tabard Theatre back in April 2008), transferred to the West End; In 2010, Wolfboy followed its steps.

In 2011, the Tabard presented You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown directed by Anthony Drewe and starring Olivier Award winning Leanne Jones. Most recently, the Tabard produced the world premiere of Richard Harris' new play Liza Liza Liza about the life of Liza Minnelli.

Christmas shows have included Stiles and Drewe's musicals Honk! and Just So, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and currently the UK Premiere of Alan Menken's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

The Tabard Theatre plays host to its own productions, presents co-productions with other theatre companies as well as receiving work from across the world as a receiving house.

It has also gained a reputation as an ideal venue for comedians to try out new work prior to major tours, and well known names such as Russell Brand, Harry Hill, Russell Howard, Dara Ó Briain and Al Murray have all played there.

Interior photos of the Tabard Theatre

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Coordinates: 51°29′45″N 0°15′17″W / 51.4957°N 0.2547°W / 51.4957; -0.2547