London’s Shaw Theatre becomes producing house for first time since the 1980s
AUGUST 10: This story was amended after initially stating the Shaw Theatre was producing its own work for the first time in its history.
The Shaw Theatre in London is to start producing its own work for the first time since the 80s.
Newly appointed theatre manager Wayne Glover-Stuart, who is taking over from Ellen Frost on August 18, has outlined his plans for the 446-capacity Camden theatre.
These include a six-week season of theatre work produced by the venue next year, which will focus on under-represented stories and could include plays and musical theatre.
The Shaw will also produce quarterly new-writing nights that aim to give a platform to writers currently marginalised in the industry, including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic and LGBTQ+ backgrounds.
Most recently, the Shaw has been operating on a hire-only basis. In the 80s, then director Ian Bowater staged two full productions at the venue every year.
Glover-Stuart also told The Stage that he plans to convert unused theatre offices into a rehearsal space, which will be available to the public to hire as well as for in-house use.
The Shaw Theatre has also partnered with production company RyCa Creative, which will run quarterly cabaret nights at the venue.
Glover-Stuart said: “I’m super excited to be able to open the venue’s doors to people [who find] doors are generally closed.
“Being a performer and a writer, I’m in a privileged position to have this job, and am excited to open our space to people that need it.”