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Southwark Playhouse
Ranked #381 of 1,633 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: London's leading Off West End venue.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2012

The theatre is located a short walk from London Bridge train station; very easy to find. It is in an old building which is typical of the area. The staff are polite. There is a bar inside and guests are allowed to enjoy their drinks inside the theatre. The main screen is in a small room; this allows a very good view even if you're at the back. Seating is unassigned.
The theatre was ok, however the play I saw wasn't particularly interesting.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Simone L
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London England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“A small intimate fringe theatre in Southwark, with topical and on-the-button plays, especially 'Shallow End'”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

The first half of this timely play is disconcerting in it's unexpectedly ambiguous country house reception room setting, with overtly sexual dialogue between the World News editor and female interviewee. This unnecessary opening scene is a distraction from the main story, and lowers the play to a more descriptive and titillating level and it is not until the second half when the Aussie reporter Harry Rees appears that the core message of the play begins to unfold, with wonderful if not entirely expected consequences.
Still, a very enjoyable if slightly disjointed play from the late 1990's by Doug Lacie, hitting the target of media mogul abuse pretty much spot on. In so many ways it was prescient of today's woes in the tabloid press.
Southwark Playhouse itself is a local joy, very intimate and in a strange but warm setting under the railway arches off Tooley Street Southwark .... slightly difficult to find due to extremely poor signage (its hidden inside an alleyway next to the Shipwrights Arms pub so find this first, and its diagonally opposite a Tesco Metro) - but well worth visiting. Recommended.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank GaryWong
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