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Drayton Arms Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road
020 7835 2301
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Gloucester Road
Drayton Arms Theatre History

The Drayton Arms was originally built in 1860 and then rebuilt to its current design in 1891.

Originally a function room the first theatrical use of the space was just after the war as a rehearsal room for many of the actors from the newly formed BBC TV who lived locally.

In 1985 The upstairs room at the Drayton Arms was then being used as a rehearsal studio for Webber Dougles academy of Dramatic Art. Hilary Wood had recently been appointed head of acting and at her suggestion it was decided to turn the space into a theatre to give the students their own performance space in central London. In the autumn of that year the studio was converted into a theatre with the space being designed by Hilary and Newton Jones the technical director of the Academy.

The Drayton Studio as it was then continued in use for the next twenty years, with twelve public performances running each year. Many of the students who presented their work there have gone on to real achievement in Theatre, Film and Television.

The Theatre was used as a rehearsal space on and off for a few years with couple of public performances for charity back in 2009. Late 2010 it was decided to get the Theatre back up and running on a more permanent basis. Work was undertaken to upgrade the space and then in April 2011 the theatre licence was granted and the Drayton Theatre was reopening as a professional fringe venue.

The theatre currently shows four week long productions interspersed with weekend short runs which include new writing, film, comedy and cabaret. It is also used as a rehearsal and training space.

Its mission is to build relationships with new and emerging production companies and to provide them with a cost effective space to stage quality theatrical productions.

Productions so far have included The Largest Room with a European premier of A Provincial Affair, Pistachio Choice who launched their company with a production of Macbeth in 2012 and in 2013 staged productions of Cymbeline and Pericles, Crooked Pieces who stages 4.48 Psychosis, Greenaway productions with The Tempest and Twelfth Night, Serendipity Productions with Much Ado about Nothing and Fraulein Else in 2012 and returning later in 2013 with Playing with Fire and the Ouroboros Players a company from the USA who are staging Hamlet in April 2013.


Drayton Arms Theatre
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Gloucester Road
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