Playwrought Festival of New Writing 20-25th January
East London’s Arcola Theatre chooses the twelve most exciting writers and their new plays in a week of readings. This is the place to spot talent first. Henry Martin’s ‘The Last Sign of Life’ and ‘Hello Hello’ by Jenny Williams conclude the week. ‘The Last Sign of Life’ by Raindance member and award-winning writer Martin is a spooky love story and thriller that will set pulses racing and is sure to please film fans of ‘Don’t Look Now’ or Francois Ozons ‘5×2’. Tickets £6.00.
This new arts venue, and its sister eatery in North London will feature a film program curated by Curzon Cinemas and risk-taking theatre to appeal to the diverse artistic North London community of actors and directors. It is intimate and local and is looking for creatives to be involved.
Nearest Tube Stations: Aldgate East, Tower Hill, and Shadwell
Wilton’s has been entertaining Londoners for over one hundred years. Located in what was once the hunting ground for Jack the Ripper (who, let’s face it, probably enjoyed a drink or two there) today you’re more likely to find lots of ripped jeans. A favourite of Peter Sellers, today it offers theatre, cinema and swing dance. What would Jack think? Next up ‘Father Nandru & The Wolves.’
4. Theatre 503
A small theatre, with a big impact, Theatre 503 has been pushing new writing boundaries for years. Its programme often has a state-of-the-nation bent and most famously its production of The Mountaintop with Homeland’s David Harewood won best play at the Olivier Awards. It’s broadway debut featured Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett. Definitely one place to go hunting for new writers. Next up ‘Dog Days’ by Annie Hulley, and with pay-what-you-can Sundays, you’ve got no excuses.
Are you a budding Rob Marshall? Or Robert Wise? If so, the Landor Theatre could be the place for you. The tin pan alley of the London Theatre scene, this Clapham North theatre is a hothouse for musical talent. Hosting world premiere’s as well as showcasing pieces in development the Landor is the place to be to catch musical stars on the ascent.
The Little Angel Theatre was founded by the parents of director Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) and it is a must visit for aspiring art directors and designers. Don’t be fooled by its innocent title; in March it presents a variation on Macbeth – for 8 year olds. Scary. Its puppetry workshops will be a huge help for animators and control-freak-Being-John-Malkovich-type puppeteers called Craig Schwartz.