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The Grace Theatre
The Latchmere Theatre
Theatre503 and Latchmere Pub, from Battersea Park Road
|Address||503 Battersea Park Road|
|Public transit||Clapham Junction|
Theatre503 was founded in 1982 as an offshoot of the Gate Theatre, and is a custom-built studio theatre. The opening production was a new adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which proved so successful that the production transferred to the West End.
The original name of the theatre was linked with the pub downstairs, but in 2002 the theatre relaunched under Artistic Director Paul Higgins with a new name of Theatre503, and became a home for new writing. In November 2006 Paul Robinson and Tim Roseman were appointed as Artistic Directors with the specific brief to develop the profile of the theatre, and the new theatre launched with the European Premiere of The Atheist.
Robinson was sole Artistic Director of Theatre503 from 2012 to 2016. Under the stewardship of Robinson and Roseman, the venue saw the premiere of works by writers such as Dennis Kelly, Phil Porter, Duncan Macmillan, Rachel Wagstaff, Alice Birch, Gabriel Bisset-Smith, Chris Urch, Jon Brittain and Phoebe Eclair-Powell. It went on to win the Peter Brook Empty Space Award, was nominated for a Time Out Live Award in 2006, and won a Olivier Award in 2010 for its production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. In 2014 the theatre was nominated for a second Peter Brook Empty Space Award, and won the Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence for its production "Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho".
At the beginning of 2016, Theatre503 welcomed Andrew Shepherd as its new Executive Director. Appointed in August of the same year, Lisa Spirling launched her role as Theatre503's Artistic Director by directing the winner of Theatre503's 2016 Playwriting Award, 'In Event of Moone Disaster' (October 2017) by Andrew Thompson. Steve Harper is the theatre's Literary Manager.
In the 18 months since Lisa Spirling’s appointment as Artistic Director, 169 new writers had their work performed on Theatre503's stage, with 3 West End Transfers, an Olivier Award and 2 national tours. In 2016, the theatre received 1629 scripts from 52 countries for their Playwriting Award, 423 submissions for their 503Five Writers’ Development Scheme, 600 unsolicited scripts and 200 pieces for their Rapid Write Response scheme. The theatre aims to read and respond to every script that is submitted, and to provide opportunities for the local community, emerging theatre companies and new writers.
Winner – Olivier Awards, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Rotterdam by Jon Brittain (Premiered at Theatre503 in 2015 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios)
Nominations – Off West End, Best Male in a Play (Graham O'Mara for Punts) Off West End, Best Male in a Play (Christopher Adams for Punts) Off West End, Best Male in a Play (Thomas Pickels for in Event of Moone Disaster) Off West End, Best Director (Audrey Sheffield for The Dark Room) Off West End, Most Promising New Playwright (Michael McClean for Years of Sunlight) Off West End, Best Lighting Designer (Will Monks for The Dark Room)
Winner – Off West End, Best Producer (DEM Productions at Theatre503)
Nominations – Off West End, Best New Play (Jon Brittain for Rotterdam) Off West End, Best Set Designer (Ellan Parry for Rotterdam) Off West End, Best Supporting Female (Jessica Clark for Rotterdam)
Winner- Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence (Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho)
Winner – Off West End, Best Set Designer (Signe Beckmann for A Handful of Stars)
Nominations – Off West End, Best Director (Paul Robinson for A Handful of Stars) Off West End, Best Sound Designer (Simon Slater for A Handful of Stars) James Tait Black prize for Drama (Ailis Ni Riain's for Desolate Heaven) Off West End, Best Set Designer (Petra Hjortsberg for Occupied) Off West End, Best Supporting Female (Fiz Marcus for Occupied)
Nominated- Peter Brook Empty Space Award
Nominations-Off West End Awards: Paul Robinson for Best Artistic Director Best Production (Land of Our Fathers) Most Promising new Playwright (Sam Potter for Mucky Kid) Best Sound Designer (Simon Slater for The Life of Stuff) Most Promising Playwright (Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford for Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho)
Winner – Off West End Awards: Most Welcoming Theatre Best New Musical (Porn – The Musical) People’s Choice Best Female Performance (Jessie Cave for Breed) Nomination – Most Promising Playwright (Gabriel Bisset-Smith for The Charming Man) Winner – Off West End Adopt A Playwright Competition – Sarah Grochala
Winner – Olivier Awards, Best New Play, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall Nominated – Olivier Awards, Best Actress, Lorraine Burroughs for The Mountaintop Nominated – WhatsOnStage Awards – Best Actor, David Harewood for The Mountaintop Nominated – WhatsOnStage Awards – Best New Play, Katori Hall for The Mountaintop Nominated – Alfred Fagon Award – Rex Obano for Slaves
Nominated – Evening Standard Awards, Most Promising Playwright, Katori Hall for The Mountaintop Shortlisted – Evening Standard Awards – Best Actor, David Harewood for The Mountaintop Nominated – TMA Awards, Best New Play, The Lifesavers by Fraser Grace (co-production with Mercury Theatre, Colchester) Winner – Meyer Whitworth Award, Ali Taylor for Cotton Wool
Nominated – Peter Brook Empty Space Award