Formerly the Tristan Bates Theatre and The Actors Centre, the Seven Dials Playhouse is a brand-new space in Covent Garden that opened in 2022. The newly-renovated Playhouse now features a 100-seat Main House as well as a 60-seat black box studio theatre, two large studio rehearsal spaces, and a vocal studio.
The venue prides itself on being “the West End’s home for the development of professional theatre and artists” and focuses on premieres, new writing, and revivals of contemporary plays an#d musicals.
Find out what’s on at the Seven Dials Playhouse Theatre
In its short history, Seven Dials Playhouse has already hosted several notable shows. It launched with the European premiere of Mark Gerrard’s Steve, starring David Ames and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell.
Since then, the theatre has seen a number of other world or European premieres including Le Gallienne Theatre Company’s Irrelevant starring Debbie Chazen and Lewis Cornay’s Daddy Issues starring Bebe Cave.
In its opening year, Playhouse productions were nominated for 12 different Off West End Awards. The run of Dexter Flanders’ much-celebrated play Foxes was nominated for the Best Production, Best Performance Ensemble, and Lighting Design awards. Bebe Cave’s turn in Daddy Issues was also nominated for Best Lead Performance in a Play while Diary of a Somebody — John Lahr’s adaptation of Joe Orton’s intimate diaries — received four Offie Design noms and a Lead Performance nom for George Kemp.
The Seven Dials Theatre team also runs several engagement programmes around its current productions. Its Director/Writer Development Programme gave participants a chance to create short scratch performances in response to Foxes. The theatre has similarly hosted writing workshops, poetry slam sessions, stage combat courses, painting sessions, and music and movement workshops. In 2023, it became home to the London Youth Theatre as well.
The Playhouse is located in the heart of the West End, between Covent Garden, Leicester Square, and Tottenham Court Road stations. It’s just around the corner from famous London venues including Seven Dials Market, Leicester Square theatre, and Ronnie Scott’s.
45 Seven Dials, London WC2H 9HD