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.

  • Theatre

    Ovalhouse programmes three seasons a year: Autumn, Spring and Summer.

    Working with artists

    Creative Dialogue: Ovalhouse accepts unsolicited project submissions and works with early career artists to build creative relationships which grow over time. Ovalhouse can offer support and introductions to people who you might want to collaborate with. Please note, Ovalhouse no longer accept unsolicited scripts which do not have a director or producer attached, as we do not currently have the resources or a literary department to take projects to production ourselves.

    Building an Audience

    Ovalhouse’s FiRST BiTES gives artists the opportunity to share their idea with an audience while the piece is still developing. Producing Guidance: Ovalhouse works with many emerging artists through the process of producing a show, and provides advice on fundraising and guidance on becoming a registered company.

  • Participation

    Ovalhouse’s participation department, Creative Youth, offers young Londoners a safe space to be creative, develop, experiment and explore who they are and who they want to be.

    Ovalhouse specialises in working with some of the most isolated and marginalised young people in south London – those who are unlikely to access the arts independently.

    Ovalhouse produces a range of activities which include a thriving extra-curricular youth arts programme, projects specifically developed for young refugees and asylum seekers, programmes dealing with the complex issues of education and exclusion, Arts Award accreditation, training for teachers and arts professionals and an annual festival 33% London

  • Young artists

    Ovalhouse offers workshops and training in acting, writing, directing, dancing and singing throughout the year – so if you are serious about the arts and want to push your talent to the next level, then we’ve got the professionals and the space to do it.

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