Theatre Delicatessen are working with Southwark Council to transform The Old Library in Burgess Park into a vibrant new arts and cultural space for the local community.

Over the next few months, the Old Library will be transformed into a performance space for use by both the local and London’s wider artistic community, alongside rehearsal and development studios hosting residencies for emerging companies to develop new performances. Part of the project also involves the creation of a new public cafe space for park users.

Artists who will creating new performances at the Old Library include DifferencEngine – with whom Theatre Delicatessen collaborated on the phenomenally successful ‘Heist’ – Casson and Friends and Sleight of Hand.

Rehearsal spaces:
Deli Studios,
30 Marsh Wall
Isle of Dogs
E14 9TP


Theatre Delicatessen was formed in 2007 by theatre directors Roland Smith, Frances Loy and Jessica Brewster.

Their productions have been met with significant critical acclaim, and including bold revivals of Phillip Ridley's Mercury Fur and David Hare's Fanshen, alongside immersive productions of A Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Theatre Delicatessen also developed the devised physical theatre piece Pedal Pusher which tells the true story of the Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich - three professional cyclists battling to become champion of the Tour de France. Pedal Pusher was Time Out Critics' Choice of the Year 2009, transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010.

In Autumn 2010, Theatre Delicatessen conceived and curated Theatre Souk where 15 different theatre companies and artists created at theatrical marketplace in a five storey building in the heart of London's shopping district. Described by The Londonist as "the underground theatre hit of the year", and in a 5 star review What's On Stage said, "Theatre Souk offers a tremendous experience of innovative and experimental theatre and a fantastic evening out."

In January 2011, Theatre Delicatessen staged their last production at Picton Place, and all-female reinterpretation of A Doll's House.

Theatre Delicatessen are currently resident in 3-4 Picton Place thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors Great Portland Estates.

"Fear not: pop-up theatre gurus Delicatessen are at hand."
Time Out (for Theatre Souk)

"In Pedal Pusher what Theatre Delicatessen managed to do with a couple of plastic chairs and some cycling shorts was pretty spectacular."
Critics' Choice Best of the Year 2009 - Time Out (for Pedal Pusher)

"Extraordinary odyssey through modern drama... If you get a chance, attend it, and look out for any new work from what are by now certainly one of the most exciting theatre companies in London."
***** Remote Goat (for Theatre Souk)

"Theatre Souk offers a tremendous experience of innovative and experimental theatre and a fantastic evening out."

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