Theatre503 is the award-winning home of groundbreaking plays.

Led by Artistic Director Paul Robinson, Theatre503 is a flagship fringe venue committed to producing new work that is game-changing, relevant, surprising, mischievous, visually thrilling and theatrical. Theatre503 is one of London's few destinations for new writing and they offer more opportunities to new writers than any other theatre in the country. They are the smallest theatre ever to win an Olivier


In 1982, the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill expanded to include a brand new custom-built studio theatre above The Latchmere Pub, on the south side of Battersea Bridge Road, London. The theatre, subsequently renamed the Grace Theatre, immediately established itself as one of London’s leading fringe venues.

In 2002 the Latchmere was relaunched as a home for new writing. Another name change – to Theatre503 – led to the premiere of over 50 of the most exciting writers of their generation, including Dennis Kelly, Phil Porter, Duncan Macmillan and Rachael Wagstaff. It went on to win the Peter Brook Empty Space Award, was nominated for a Time Out Live Award in 2006.

In November 2006 Tim Roseman and Paul Robinson were appointed Artistic Directors. Their vision is to develop 503 as a crucible where writers, directors, actors and designers think better and bolder than they would expect. We seek out, nurture and promote work of uncommon and exceptional promise from artists both fresh off the boat and weathered with success. Since 2007 we have striven to become the most important theatre in the UK for first-time playwrights, providing that vital launchpad into public performance.

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall started life at Theatre503 before transferring to the West End where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, the only time ever a theatre our size has been recognised this way. It opened in 2011 on Broadway starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett.

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