As a charity receiving no core funding, we’d really just like to thank all of you for your continued support as we try to work together during this strange and challenging time. Please rest assured that we will return – stronger than ever – and we can’t wait to welcome you all back when we do.
If you are able to make a general donation during this time to help support our future you can do that by clicking the link below:
From all of us, we’ll see you at the Playhouse soon.
An update on our current Covid-19 Safety Measures - 19 July 2021
We will be implementing slightly different Covid-19 safety measures in response to the government’s updated guidance, as of July 19th.
We are strongly advising the continued wearing of face masks in our theatre spaces and whilst moving around the building.
We will also be continuing our stringent cleaning routine, including fogging the auditorium between every performance with anti-bacterial spray, sanitising touch points and communal areas periodically, and placing multiple hand sanitising points around the building for you to use.
We will continue to keep contact details for audience members, for the NHS Track and Trace service.
For your peace of mind, we can also advise that both of our auditoriums are mechanically ventilated to provide the recommended air flow of 8 litres per second per person.
With these measures still in place, we will be increasing the capacity of both our theatre spaces and our bar, and eliminating the use of Perspex screens between seats in our auditoria.
The safety and comfort of our audiences is our top priority and we will continue to monitor any changes in government guidance relating to indoor performances, alerting ticket bookers via email if anything affects their visit.
An update on our bar reopening - 20 April 2021
We will be reopening our bar on May 17th as performances of You Are Here commence.
You can now book a table here for up to six people, although there will be walk-up tables available on a first-come first-served basis each day.
You can read more about our bar including opening hours, menus, and FAQs on our bar page here.
An update on You Are Here - 2 March 2021
On February 22 the government announced that, dependent on cases continuing to
fall, live socially distanced theatre will be able to return on May 17. We have pushed back the run of You Are Here so that we can welcome back audiences in person. It will now run from May 17 – June 12.
All affected ticketholders were emailed, however if this is you and you haven’t received an email, please email email@example.com or give us a ring on 020 7407 0234.
We will be livestreaming both performances of the show on May 22 (3pm & 7.30pm.) There are unlimited tickets available, and they cost £20. These are on sale now via the show’s web page, linked below.
An update on programming - 22 February 2021
We have just announced You Are Here, a new musical that will be premiering at Southwark Playhouse on April 29th. We are selling in-person tickets for performances with live, socially distanced audiences.
This is dependent on government guidance so if we find that we are not able to present the show to audiences, we will be livestreaming the show and offering all ticketholders a transfer or a refund.
An update for 2021 - 15 February 2021
We are currently closed to the public and await further guidance from the government on when we can reopen. News will be posted here and on our Twitter account.
In the meantime we have a brilliant streaming programme, including seven shows that can be streamed on-demand, one scheduled livestream, and an as-live run of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starting on February 26th. Head over to our What’s On page for more info.
We have emailed all ticketholders for Straight White Men, Five Characters in Search of a Good Night’s Sleep, and The Beast of Blue Yonder inviting them to claim a refund before February 28th 2021. If this is you and you have not heard from us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticketholders for performances of Lipstick, The Last Five Years, and The Poltergeist affected by lockdown were all contacted and offered refunds in 2020, however if this is you and you have not heard from us, please email email@example.com.
Ticketholders for Indecent Proposal, Anything is Possible if you Think About it Hard Enough, and Operation Mincemeat should be advised that we’ll be in touch with them via email when we have an update regarding these shows.
Christmas and New Year Opening
Please note that our phone lines will be closed from Sunday 20th December until Monday 4th January.
Our box office email inbox will be monitored during this period so if you have an urgent enquiry please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will reply within five days.
An update on the second lockdown - 5 November 2020
In line with the government announcement regarding the new lockdown we have ceased performances and closed our bar from 5 November – 2 December.
The Last Five Years closed on 4 November.
The Poltergeist will now just be happening online – tickets and info here.
Ticketholders for Constellations are advised to look out for an email from us in the next week.
We will also be continuing with our full programme of streamed musicals, which you can read about on our What’s On page.
An update on the new restrictions - 15 October 2020
In line with the government announcement regarding London moving to Tier 2 on Saturday, 17 October we will continue to operate the theatre and bar with our strict Covid-secure measures in place.
If you have any questions about your visit please email us on email@example.com.
An update on opening up - 13 August 2020
The Last Five Years will be returning for socially distanced live performances from 1 October 2020, with tickets on sale now.
Click here to read our FAQ’s on what to expect at the venue during this time.
Our bar opened up on 9 July, and is now open Thursday 5pm – 11pm, Friday 5pm – 11pm, and Saturday 12pm – 11pm. You can find some more information about that here, including how to reserve a table.
Straight White Men, due to run from 16 September – 10 October, has been postponed.
Indecent Proposal, due to run from 25 September to 24 October, has been postponed.
Operation Mincemeat, due to run from 14 – 23 May, has been postponed.
We are offering refunds for all postponed tickets so please give us a ring or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to claim your money back, or to let us know if you would like to donate the cost of your ticket to the visiting companies.
An update on our closure - 9 April 2020
We are now closed until it is safe to reopen. We’ve moved most of the shows which were due to open in spring 2020 to new autumn slots.
Indecent Proposal has been moved from 25 May – 27 June, to 25 September – 24 October 2020, with previews running until 1 October.
Straight White Men has been moved from 27 May – 20 June, to 16 September – 10 October 2020, with previews running until 21 September.
Pig has been postponed until 2021 – please ring us for a refund.
Operation Mincemeat which was due to run in The Large from 14- 23 May 2020 will no longer be playing these dates and is currently being rescheduled, with the exact dates to be confirmed. If you have tickets, please hold onto them for now and we will be in touch regarding the dates for the new run as soon as we can. If you have tickets for the original dates you will have priority booking for the new dates, unless you request a refund in which case you will not (but can book as usual for the new dates, if you want to, subject to availability.)
A statement from Southwark Playhouse – 16 March 2020
Following the announcement by the government on the 16 March 2020, we have reluctantly made the decision to cease performances – initially for the next eight weeks. This is a huge and unprecedented period of uncertainty for Southwark Playhouse, our staff, audiences and for the theatre and live events industry.
We are deeply committed to our founding values of supporting new and emerging companies, particularly during difficult periods. We acknowledge that cancelling events has a huge impact, but as you all know from the news over the last few days it has become impossible to operate as usual without significant consequences to everyone’s safety.
As a charity receiving no core funding, we’d really like to thank all of you for your continued support as we try to work together during this strange and challenging time. Please rest assured that we will return – stronger than ever – and we can’t wait to welcome you all back when we do.
If you have booked for a forthcoming performance in the next eight weeks, please call our box office for a refund or to let us know if you’re happy to donate your ticket purchase on 020 7407 0234. We are monitoring our box office lines remotely. Our ‘opening times’ are from 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday plus from 10am – 1pm on Saturday.
If you can’t get through please email us on email@example.com to arrange for a time to be called.
Additionally, if you are able to make a general donation during this time you can do so by clicking the link below:
From all of us, we’ll see you at the Playhouse soon.