Bridge House Theatre is South East London's newest Fringe Venue. It was founded in 2013 by director Guy Retallack and actress Rachel Tucker, who had been looking for a suitable space to create and generate work for Penge, Crystal Palace and the surrounding area, as they felt that this particular part of South East London was crying out for a venue that could generate quality theatre. After a chance meeting with the owners of the Bridge House (a stunning Victorian pub, literally next to Penge West station) who happily shared the same passion, they agreed to “create" a theatre above the restaurant and bar. Guy and Rachel wanted a popular programme that would appeal not only to the local community, but also to a wider London and south east audience, and to that end put together a season comprising of drama (across all genres), cabaret and comedy; the reception by audiences was hugely enthusiastic. Their second production "Macbeth" has been nominated by the OFFIES and Broadwayworld for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress 2014.
In September 2014, Rob Harris with Climar Productions, joined the Bridge House, taking over as lead producer and theatre manager; Climar's previous 2 productions with Guy Retallack had garnered between them a prestigious '"Best Production" award at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, 9 Offie Awards and a "Best Off West End Production" for What's On Stage.
The theatre produces a mixture of in-house productions as well as being a receiving house for visiting companies.
SE20 8RZ, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Bridge House Theatre Productions SE20 Ltd is the producing name for the venue which works in association with Climar Production Ltd. Their recent work includes:
Productions at the Bridge House:
Macbeth (Nominated for Best Actress and Director in the 2014 Broadway World Awards) Adapted by Guy Retallack
A Christmas Carol Adapted by Guy Retallack
Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Winner of a Bobby Award for " Best Production" Edinburgh Festival 2014, Nominated " Best Off West End Production" - Whats On Stage Awards, 7 Offie Awards.)
Sharron Matthews Superstar (2011, 2012) ( Awarded 'Best of the Fest' by The Scotsman)
The Last Session (Nominated for a Whats on Stage Award and 2 Offies.)
At present the theatre does not receive any core funding, staffing is by volunteers from within the industry and local community, all of who have a passion for theatre and unwavering dedication to the venue.