About Us

About Us

Our Story and Mission: Putney Theatre Company

Any theatre revolves around its shows, and Putney Theatre Company productions range from large-cast plays to monologues. We stage about 12 main productions a year and our range is wide and challenging. Recent productions have included works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard, Neil LaBute, Nick Dear and Joe Penhall, to name just a few.

We aim to produce theatre that challenges our audiences, but also entertains them.  We also aim to provide a friendly atmosphere, and a rehearsal process that helps actors to develop, get to know new friends and become a part of our community.  Our actors come from all sorts of different backgrounds, we have teachers, scientists, marketeers, film producers and everything in between.  We also get a large number of 'resting' professional actors who enjoy working with a high quality theatre company that allows them to experiment and try out new things in a less pressured environment than the professional world.

We don't only play the classics. Putney Theatre Company actively supports new writing and stages many plays by relatively unknown writers, with much success. We also provide a showcase for our own members' writing - members' plays are regularly performed and several have gone on to be published and performed elsewhere. And that's not all - we put on musical concerts and revues, designed and orchestrated by our members, to a very high standard.

We're not only about the actors as well!  We have a large number of non acting members, who help out with costume, lights, sound, set design, set build, front of house, and just generally helping out with the running of our big old theatre.

Our current Artistic Director is Tom Sainsbury, a hugely experienced director, trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has directed a large number of productions with us.  

We are always looking for enthusiastic, hard working members to help us grow the theatre.  You can find out more on our Get Involved page.