In 1963 Ovalhouse marked the beginning of its amazing journey to become “one of the most important centres for pioneer fringe theatre groups” by staging its first drama piece in what had formerly been a philanthropic boys’ club set up by graduates of Christ Church College, Oxford. From that year on we have never looked back, influencing everything from the experimental theatre companies of the 1960s and 70s, the emergence of gay and lesbian and women’s theatre in the 1970s and 80s and the development of new Black and Asian writing in the 1990s and into the next millennium. Ovalhouse now programmes work by some of the most innovative, cutting edge theatre practitioners in Britain and beyond, a programme recently enhanced by a new Arts Council England commissioning fund and the appointment of our first Associate Artists.
There are plans for Ovalhouse to relocate to Brixton as part of Future Brixton, a regeneration programme led by Lambeth Council. The new location would be situated on the corner of Somerleyton Road and Coldharbour Lane, with the move likely to take place in 2016.