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Jermyn Street Theatre is a performance venue situated on Jermyn Street, in London’s West End. It is an off-west end studio theatre.

Jermyn Street Theatre
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AddressJermyn Street
London, SW1
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′33″N 0°08′04″W / 51.5092°N 0.1345°W / 51.5092; -0.1345Coordinates: 51°30′33″N 0°08′04″W / 51.5092°N 0.1345°W / 51.5092; -0.1345
Public transitLondon Underground Piccadilly Circus
TypeWest End Studio Theatre
Capacity70
OpenedAugust 1994; 25 years ago (1994-08)
Website
jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

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HistoryEdit

Jermyn Street opened in August 1994. Formerly the changing rooms for staff at the Spaghetti House restaurant, it was transformed under the leadership of Howard Jameson and Penny Horner into a 70-seat studio theatre.[1] They both remain the Chair of the Board and Executive Director respectively. In 1995, Neil Marcus[2] became the first Artistic Director and Jermyn Street received their Lottery Grant in 1997.[3] During this time, producer Chris Grady contributed to Jermyn Street Theatre’s development. HRH Princess Michael of Kent became the theatre’s patron in 1995[4] and David Babani[5], later the founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory, took over as artistic director in 1998 until 2001.

Jermyn Street Theatre has become a staple of London’s off-west end studio theatre. It received a lot of attention following successful productions of Barefoot in the Park directed by Sally Hughes and starring Alan Cox and Rachel Pickup,[6] and Helping Harry directed by Nickolas Grace and starring Adrian Lukis and Simon Dutton.[7] In the late 2000s, under the artistic direction of Gene David Kirk[8], Jermyn Street expanded its repertoire to include revivals of obscure plays such as the UK premiere of St John’s Night by Henrik Ibsen[9], Little Eyolf starring Imogen Stubbs and Doreen Mantle by Henrik Ibsen[10], and the postwar classic The River Line by Charles Morgan.[11] Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, premiered at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon.[12] It then transferred to the Arts Theatre[13] and later would transfer to the New York’s 59E59 Theatre[14] In 2011, Jermyn Street Theatre received a Peter Brook Empty Space Award nomination. One year later, the theatre won The Stage 100 Best Fringe Theatre.[15]

Following the rising success of Jermyn Street Theatre under the artistic direction of Gene David Kirk was Anthony Biggs who took over as Artistic Director in 2013.[16] He focused on international playwrights and new works. During Biggs’ time, Jermyn Street Theatre produced a repertory season of South African drama and new works by Jonathan Lewis (A Level Playing Field)[17], Sarah Daniels (Soldiers’ Wives)[18], and American playwright Rae Spiegel (Dry Land)[19]. Biggs also revived The First Man by American playwright Eugene O’Neill[20], First World War drama Flowers of the Forest by John Van Druten[21], and First Episode, Terence Rattigan’s first play, directed by Tom Littler.[22]

In 2017, Tom Littler became Artistic Director.[23] His first production was the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Blinding Light[24]. This marked the sixth production Littler has directed at Jermyn Street Theatre. Previous credits include praised revivals of Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle[25] and Saturday Night[26] which transferred to the Arts Theatre.[27] Since Tom Littler’s appointment as Artistic Director, Jermyn Street Theatre has been re-launched into a full-scale producing theatre[28], with eight to ten productions making up an annual season. The theatre’s creative output is focused on staging new plays, rare revivals, innovative adaptations of European classics, and outstanding musicals, alongside one-off literary events.[29] Jermyn Street Theatre is committed to ensuring that at least fifty percent of all on stage and off stage creatives are women.[30]

In 2018, Littler directed the first complete West End revival of Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30[31], featuring a cast of nine actors playing 73 roles.[32] Jermyn Street Theatre often co-produces with regional theatres including York Theatre Royal, the Watermill Theatre, Theatre by the Lake, Theatre Royal Bath, Creation Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and Guildford Shakespeare Company.

ProductionsEdit

The Memories Season

  • One Million Tiny Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor (4 December 2019 - 11 January 2020)
  • All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (6-30 November 2019)
  • The Ice Cream Boys by Gail Louw (9 October 2019 - 2 November 2019)
  • For Services Rendered by W. Somerset Maugham (2 September 2019 - 5 October 2019)

The Portrait Season

The Rebels Season

The Reaction Season

  • Hymn to Love devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford, Elizabeth Mansfield (25 July 2018 - 18 August 2018)
  • The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (27 June 2018 - 21 July 2018)
  • Stitchers by Esther Freud (30 May 2018 - 23 June 2018)
  • Tomorrow at Noon by Jenny Ayres, Emma Harding, Morna Young (24 April 2018 - 15 May 2018)
  • Tonight At 8:30 by Noel Coward (10 April 2018 - 20 May 2018)

The Scandal Season

The Escape Season

Awards and NominationsEdit

The Stage Award- Fringe Theatre of the Year (2012)

Off West End Theatre Awards

2019

  • Nominee Best Ensemble, Richard Keightley, Helen Reuben, Augustina Seymour and Stanton Wright, for Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)
  • Nominee Best Sound Design, Matt Eaton, for Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)
  • Nominee Best Costume Design, Emily Stuart, for Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)
  • Nominee Best Set Design, William Reynolds, for Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)
  • Nominee Best Director, Tom Littler, for Creditors (2019)
  • Nominee Best Director, Trevor Nunn, for Agnes Colander (2019)
  • Nominee Best Female Performance in a Play, Naomi Frederick, for Agnes Colander (2019)
  • Nominee Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role, Sally Scott, for Agnes Colander (2019)
  • Nominee Best Set Design, Robert Jones, for Agnes Colander (2019)
  • Nominee Best Lighting Designer, Paul Pyant, for Agnes Colander (2019)

2018

  • Nominee Best Female in a Play, Sinead Cusack, for Stitchers (2018)
  • Nominee Best Female in a Play, Miquel Brown, for The Play About My Dad (2018)
  • Nominee Best Female in a Play, Elizabeth Mansfield, for Hymn To Love (2018)
  • Nominee Best Ensemble for Tonight at 8:30 (2018)
  • Nominee Best Ensemble for Burke and Hare (2018)
  • Nominee Best Director, Tom Littler, for Tonight at 8:30 (2018)
  • Nominee Best Director, Abigail Pickard Price, for Burke and Hare (2018)
  • Nominee Best Production, Tonight at 8:30 (2018)
  • Nominee Best Sound Designer, Max Pappenheim, for Stitchers (2018)
  • Nominee Best Set Designer, Louie Whitemore, for Tonight At 8:30 (2018)
  • Nominee Best Set Designer, Liz Cooke, for Stitchers (2018)
  • Nominee Best Set Designer, Daisy Blower, for Billy Bishop Goes To War (2018)

2017

  • Finalist Most Promising New Playwright, Stephen Unwin, for All Our Children (2017)

2015

  • Finalist Best Set Designer, Neil Irish, for First Episode (2015)
  • Finalist Best New Musical, Tim Sanders and Charles Miller, for Return of the Soldier (2015)

2013

2012

  • Winner Best Lighting Designer, Howard Hudson, for Burlesque (2012)
  • Winner Best New Musical for Burlesque (2012)

2011

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jermyn Street Theatre | Theatre in Piccadilly Circus, London". Time Out London. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  2. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  3. ^ "Jermyn Street Theatre". British Theatre. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  4. ^ Theatre, Jermyn Street. "Jermyn Street Theatre, Off West End venue". theatre.london. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. ^ Maxwell, Dominic (2017-05-17). "Babani and the chocolate factory". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  6. ^ "Archive for Barefoot in the Park at Jermyn Street Theatre, London. 2000. [PLAY]". www.uktw.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. ^ "Review of Helping Harry". www.cix.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  8. ^ Smith, Alistair (2008-12-09). "Jermyn Street Theatre appoints first artistic director in a decade | News". The Stage. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  9. ^ Limited, London Theatre Direct (2012-05-25). "Jermyn Street Theatre Presents The UK Premier of Henrik Ibsen'S St John's Night". www.londontheatredirect.com. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  10. ^ Spencer, Charles (2011-05-06). "Little Eyolf, Jermyn Street theatre, review". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  11. ^ "The River Line, Jermyn Street Theatre, London". The Independent. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  12. ^ Billington, Michael (2012-10-12). "All That Fall - review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  13. ^ Merrifield, Nicola (2012-10-24). "Beckett's All That Fall transfers to Arts Theatre | News". The Stage. Retrieved 2019-03-18..
  14. ^ "Atkins & Gambon Fall for Beckett at 59E59". StageBuddy.com. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  15. ^ Theatre, Jermyn Street. "Jermyn Street Theatre, Off West End venue". theatre.london. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  16. ^ Smith, Alistair (2012-10-16). "Gene David Kirk to leave Jermyn Street | News". The Stage. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  17. ^ "A Level Playing Field, Jermyn Street - theatre review: closer in tone". Evening Standard. 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  18. ^ "Soldier's Wives at the Jermyn Street Theatre". London Theatre Guide. 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  19. ^ Pringle, Stewart. "Dry Land review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London 'astonishingly fresh and honest'". The Stage. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  20. ^ Billington, Michael (2015-10-12). "The First Man review – the ego cometh in Eugene O'Neill's early drama". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  21. ^ "Flowers of the Forest". Ardent Theatre Company. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  22. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Caroline Langrishe to Star in FIRST EPISODE at Jermyn Street Theatre". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  23. ^ Hemley, Matthew (2017-02-03). "Tom Littler to replace Anthony Biggs as artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre | News". The Stage. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  24. ^ Higgs, Frances (2017-09-26). "Review: The Blinding Light, Jermyn Street Theatre". A Younger Theatre. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  25. ^ "Theatre review: Anyone Can Whistle at Jermyn Street Theatre". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  26. ^ Time Out London, Jermyn Street Theatre. "Saturday Night at Jermyn Street Theatre - Fringe". Time Out London. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  27. ^ "Saturday Night with Helena Blackman at Arts Theatre". London Theatre Guide. 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  28. ^ Hemley, Matthew (2017-02-03). "Tom Littler to replace Anthony Biggs as artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre | News". The Stage. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  29. ^ Theatre, Jermyn Street. "Jermyn Street Theatre, Off West End venue". theatre.london. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  30. ^ Theatre, Jermyn Street. "Jermyn Street Theatre, Off West End venue". theatre.london. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  31. ^ "Jermyn Street Theatre announces nine-play Noël Coward series in new season | WhatsOnStage". www.whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  32. ^ "Tonight at 8.30: 'This is Noel Coward at his finest' | Review". LondonTheatre1.com. 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2019-03-18.

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