Theatre in and around Clapham

Some of the most exciting theatre can be found at innovative, small venues and we are lucky to have so many theatres in Clapham including the Omnibus Arts Centre (see below) which goes from strength to strength. Look out for the Clapham Fringe Festival  – an annual performing Arts Festival taking place at The Bread & Roses Theatre.

Clapham & Battersea

Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5TN, T:020 7223 2223
The Battersea Arts Centre is an award-winning theatre venue, renowned for its innovative, accessible and high quality arts activities. Five minutes walk from Clapham Junction.

Bread & Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, T: 0333 666 3366
Upstairs at the Bread & Roses pub, this small theatre focuses on new and innovative writing, with performances every week.

Librarian Theatre
Touring theatre which often performs at Clapham Library at Mary Seacole Centre 91 Clapham High Street SW4 7DB

Omnibus Arts Centre
1, Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW, T: 020 7498 4699
Everything from Shakespeare to contemporary drama, music, storytelling and children’s theatre and workshops – right on our doorstep!

Southside Players

Southside Players is a non-professional theatre group, with over 30 years of experience and performing a wide range of productions at locations in Balham and Clapham. New members are always welcome and their are regular opportunities to audition – see their website for details.

Theatre 503
Above the Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW, T: tel 020 7978 7040
“Theatre503 is the home of fearless, irreverent, brave and provocative new plays”, or at least that’s how they describe themselves!

Polka Theatre
240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB, T: 020 8543 4888
A wonderful, small theatre venue exclusively showing productions aimed at children. Two theatres: one with shows for the under fives and the main theatre for those age 5+ and their families.  Highly recommended.

The Puppet Centre
Based at BAC, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5TN
A national development agency for the art form of puppetry.  If you are interested in purchasing puppets or puppet workshops try Puppet Planet on 787 Wandsworth Road SW8 3JQ.

Further afield

Above the Stag
72 Albert Embankment Vauxhall SE1 7TP
An award-winning theatre in Vauxhall with a focus on producing LGBT+ themed work including new writing, musicals and revivals. The only full-time professional LGBT+ theatre in the UK.

New Wimbledon Theatre
Theatre, comedy, concerts and popular pantos.

The Stockwell Playhouse
208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU,
Independent theatre and arts complex with 181 seat theatre and a gallery space producing and showing professional and amateur work. Also features youth group productions, classes and courses. The venue is available for hire.

Tara Theatre
356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW18 4ES
Theatre shows for all ages including family shows and comedy in the recently refurbished venue. Focus is on multi-cultural productions.

Vauxhall Tea House Theatre
139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL, T: 020 7207 4585
Located in a former Victorian pub, this delightful venue hosts everything from drama to music, supper clubs, films and also serves delicious breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.


For information on West End musical shows visit Best London Musicals

For general theatre try Time Out’s guide