Jermyn Street Theatre

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Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
Address16b Jermyn Street
London, SW1
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′33″N0°08′04″W / 51.5092°N 0.1345°W / 51.5092; -0.1345 Coordinates: 51°30′33″N0°08′04″W / 51.5092°N 0.1345°W / 51.5092; -0.1345
Public transit Underground no-text.svg Piccadilly Circus
TypeWest End Studio Theatre
Capacity 70
OpenedAugust 1994;28 years ago (1994-08)

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 opened in August 1994. It was formerly the changing rooms for staff at a Spaghetti House restaurant and originally the cellar of the Kent & Sussex Tavern up until 1838. [1] The space was transformed under the leadership of Howard Jameson and Penny Horner into a 70-seat studio theatre. [2] They both remain the Chair of the Board and Executive Director respectively. In 1995, Neil Marcus [3] became the first Artistic Director and Jermyn Street received their Lottery Grant in 1997. [4] During this time, producer Chris Grady contributed to Jermyn Street Theatre's development. Princess Michael of Kent became the theatre's patron in 1995 [5] and David Babani, [6] 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, [7] and Helping Harry directed by Nickolas Grace and starring Adrian Lukis and Simon Dutton. [8] In the late 2000s, under the artistic direction of Gene David Kirk, [9] Jermyn Street expanded its repertoire to include revivals of obscure plays such as the UK premiere of St John’s Night by Henrik Ibsen, [10] Little Eyolf starring Imogen Stubbs and Doreen Mantle by Henrik Ibsen, [11] and the postwar classic The River Line by Charles Morgan. [12] Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall , premiered at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon. [13] It then transferred to the Arts Theatre [14] and later would transfer to the New York’s 59E59 Theatre [15] 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. [5]

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 and Executive Producer. [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, [23] 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. [5] Jermyn Street Theatre is committed to ensuring that at least fifty percent of all on stage and off stage creatives are women. [5]

In 2018, Littler directed the first complete West End revival of Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 , [28] featuring a cast of nine actors playing 73 roles. [29] In his tenure, Jermyn Street Theatre often co-produced 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.

During its closure over lockdown in 2020, the theatre responded with its Brave New World season of digital work, including the complete cycle of Shakespeare's sonnets performed by a mixture of graduating drama students and household names including Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Colman and the acclaimed 15 Heroines with DigitalTheatre+ featuring adaptations of Ovid from writers including Juliet Gilkes Romero and Timberlake Wertenbaker.

In 2021, they won the Stage Award for Fringe Theatre of the Year, making it the first theatre to win the award twice. [30] Their contribution to groundbreaking digital work, and support for theatre freelancers during lockdown was recognised at the 2022 Critics Circle Awards, where they won an award for "Exceptional theatre-making during lockdown" alongside Nica Burns, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, and Original Theatre Company. In his final year as Artistic Director, Littler won the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director 2022.

In autumn 2022 Stella Powell-Jones and David Doyle succeeded Tom Littler as Artistic Director and Executive Producer respectively, working alongside Executive Director Penny Horner to form a management team of three. [31]

Awards and nominations

Off West End theatre awards [36]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2024Archie Backhouse, Daniel Boyd, Alan Cox, Julius D’Silva, Forbes Masson, David Yelland / Farm Hall (2023)Performance EnsembleNominated
2024Katherine Moar / Farm Hall (2023)Most Promising New Playwright (Play)Nominated
2023Kelly Burke, Natasha Byrne, Mark Huckett, Alyssa Simon / The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein (2022)Performance EnsembleNominated
2023Machiko Weston / The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein (2022)Set DesignNominated
2023Matthew Parker / Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (2022)Director (Musical)Finalist
2023Bart Lambert, Jack Reitman, Benjamin McQuigg / Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (2022)Performance EnsembleNominated
2023 Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (2022)ProductionNominated
2023Rachael Ryan / Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (2022)Set DesignNominated
2023Chris McDonnell / Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (2022)Lighting DesignNominated
2023Simon Arrowsmith / Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (2022)Sound DesignNominated
2022Tom LittlerArtistic Director (Special Award)Won
2022Justin Teasdale, Thom Townsend & Jamie Kubisch Wiles / Lone Flyer (2021)Sound DesignNominated
2022Hannah Edwards / Lone Flyer (2021)Lead Performance in a PlayNominated
2022Benedict Salter / Lone Flyer (2021)Supporting Performance in a PlayFinalist
2022Lucy Betts / Lone Flyer (2021)DirectorWon
2022Footfalls & Rockaby (2021)ProductionNominated
2022Lone Flyer (2021)ProductionNominated
2022This Beautiful Future (2021)ProductionFinalist
2021Michael Pennington / The Tempest (2020)Lead Performance in a PlayNominated
2020Stanton Wright, Helen Reuben, Augustina Seymour, Richard Keightley / Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)Performance EnsembleNominated
2020Gavin Fowler, Hannah Morrish, Miranda Foster, Robert Mountford, Stefan Bednarczyk, Ceri-Lyn Cissone / All’s Well That Ends Well (2019)Performance EnsembleNominated
2020Sally Scott / Agnes Colander (2019)Female Performance in a Supporting Role in a PlayNominated
2020 Naomi Frederick / Agnes Colander (2019)Female Performance in a PlayNominated
2020Emma Barclay / One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (2019)Female Performance in a PlayNominated
2020Malcolm Rennie / Shakleton’s Carpenter (2019)Male Performance in a PlayNominated
2020Tom Littler / All’s Well That Ends Well (2019)DirectorFinalist
2020Trevor Nunn / Agnes Colander (2019)DirectorNominated
2020Tom Littler / Creditors (2019)DirectorNominated
2020Laura Keefe / One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (2019)DirectorNominated
2020All’s Well That Ends Well (2019)ProductionNominated
2020Robert Jones / Agnes Colander (2019)Costume DesignNominated
2020Emily Stuart / Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)Costume DesignNominated
2020 Paul Pyant / Agnes Colander (2019)Lighting DesignNominated
2020Robert Jones / Agnes Colander (2019)Set DesignNominated
2020William Reynolds / Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)Set DesignNominated
2020Neil Irish and Annet Black / All’s Well That Ends Well (2019)Set DesignNominated
2020Ceci Calf / One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (2019)Set DesignNominated
2020Matt Eaton / All’s Well That Ends Well (2019)Sound DesignWon
2020Matt Eaton / Pictures of Dorian Gray (2019)Sound DesignNominated
2019 Sinead Cusack / Stitchers (2018)Female Performance in a PlayNominated
2019 Miquel Brown / The Play About My Dad (2018)Female Performance in a PlayNominated
2019Elizabeth Mansfield / Hymn To Love (2018)Female Performance in a PlayNominated
2019 Tonight at 8:30 (2018)EnsembleNominated
2019Burke and Hare (2018)EnsembleNominated
2019Tom Littler / Tonight at 8:30 (2018)DirectorNominated
2019Abigail Pickard Price / Burke and Hare (2018)DirectorNominated
2019 Tonight at 8:30 (2018)ProductionNominated
2019Max Pappenheim / Stitchers (2018)Sound DesignNominated
2019Louie Whitemore / Tonight At 8:30 (2018)Set DesignNominated
2019Liz Cooke / Stitchers (2018)Set DesignNominated
2019Daisy Blower / Billy Bishop Goes To War (2018)Set DesignNominated
2018 Stephen Unwin / All Our Children (2017)Most Promising New PlaywrightFinalist
2016Neil Irish / First Episode (2015)Set DesignFinalist
2016Tim Sanders and Charles Miller / Return of the Soldier (2015)New MusicalFinalist
2014 Eileen Atkins / All That Fall (2013)New MusicalWon
2013Howard Hudson / Burlesque (2012)Lighting DesignWon
2013Burlesque (2012)New MusicalWon
2012Emily Stuart / Anyone Can Whistle (2011)Costume DesignWon

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