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“Wear something warm”

Southwark Playhouse
Ranked #397 of 1,718 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
Reviewed 20 June 2012

Southwark Playhouse is around a ten minute walk from London Bridge station. The entrance is a little deceiving. It is situated at the corner of Tooley Street and on a first visit it may be mistaken for just a local pub. The staff are polite. The toilets need improving.

There are two studios within the playhouse. The waiting area is quite small, which resulted in hardly being able to find standing room whilst waiting for the studio doors to open.

I could not help but notice a damp feeling to the building on entering - this got worse when we entered the studio to see the play. There is no stage; chairs are set out close to where the actors perform; which gave me a sense of almost being part of the drama unfolding in front of me.

Although the weather was warm outside the studio was distinctively cold to the point of being
uncomfortable. During intermission all patrons were asked to leave the studio whilst the set change took place. This again created a people jam in the small bar area.

I was pleased to leave the theatre and get back to a temperature that felt manageable.

Not a very nice experience!

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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.

1  Thank Simone L
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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.

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