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We aim to present the best new work in the form of intelligent, challenging and entertaining theatre, together with comedy and cabaret, which engages with the broadest range of audiences.
We discover and nurture new writers from the broadest backgrounds. We do this through a wide range of Writers' Centre activities, aimed at developing writers to work in theatre as well as film, TV and radio; and through our education work, aimed at encouraging people to write for performance and to connect with theatre as an art form.
The Company is based in its own venue, Soho Theatre, in Dean Street in the heart of London's West End.
Founded in 1969 by Verity Bargate and Fred Proud, Soho Theatre Company performed in Old Compton St, Soho, before moving on to the legendary Soho Poly Theatre where it remained for eighteen years presenting new plays, firstly at lunchtimes and then moving to an evening programme. Its early years saw the first works of such playwrights as Sue Townsend, Hanif Kureishi. Timberlake Wertenbaker, Tony Marchant, Pam Gems and many more.
In 1990, the Company left the Soho Poly and produced at venues including the Royal Court, Riverside Studios and ICA before taking up residence in the ex-ILEA Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone. Over a remarkable three years, the Company relaunched itself, expanding the writers' development programme and premiering the work of over 35 new writers.
In 1995, the residency ended and Soho Theatre began the search for a new, permanent home. This was to take five years and, in spring 2000, the Company completed one of the country's most innovative Lottery projects when it opened the new Soho Theatre in Dean Street.
Today the Company owns the freehold to Soho Theatre and leases its restaurant to Café Lazeez. Situated in the heart of London's West End, it is a state of the art venue with theatre, studio and ancillary space and is home to Soho Theatre's diverse range of new plays, comedy, writers' development work and an innovative community and education programme.