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Theatre Submissions

Theatre Submissions

 

Theatre Submissions 

At the Actors Centre, we strive to programme an eclectic mix of original, evocative, diverse and challenging work to attract a wide and varied audience and support as many artists as possible. Our goal is to programme work that affects genuine change in audiences, pushes the boundaries of theatrical tradition, and offers a well-rounded perspective of stories and storytellers. At the core of our organisation is a commitment to support artists, and we therefore maintain a concerted effort to offer opportunities to emerging companies, as well as experienced and established ones. Please keep reading to find out more about our theatre spaces and the different hire options we offer.
 

Please find here our tech specs for the Tristan Bates Theatre and John Thaw Studio. If you have any questions about the technical capabilities of our spaces, you can email our Technical Manager Mitch on [email protected]

Please note that the Actors Centre is signed up to the Equity Fringe Agreement. This means that all incoming productions agree to pay their cast and crew at least Equity Fringe Minimum rates for rehearsals and performance. For our purposes, Equity Fringe Minimum is the equivalent of National Minimum Wage + holiday pay per hour. More information and a draft contract can be found here. For further information, please contact Equity directly.

The Actors Centre deduct a small charge of 3.8% + 20p per ticket from the box office to cover credit card fees, as we don't charge booking fees to our customers. For productions that run for 1 week or longer, there is a contra charge of £70 to cover poster and flyer printing, which we arrange in-house. 

Please note that VAT will be charged on top of any hire fee to companies who are VAT registered.

If you would like to submit your production for programming consideration, please complete our Submissions Form and email it to Will on [email protected] If we think your proposal is potentially a good fit for us, we'll be in touch to arrange a meeting.

 

TRISTAN BATES THEATRE

Our flagship theatre space, the Tristan Bates Theatre, has been in existence since 1994, and has become established as one of the premier off-West End venues in London. The Tristan Bates is where we programme our main body of work, with runs between 1 and 4 weeks available. An intimate black box space, with seating of 58 (end on) or 75 (L-Shape), the theatre is incredibly flexible and malleable to meet any number of requirements. Included in the hire is a small amount of marketing support, including social media coverage, inclusion in our season brochure and newsletter, and design and print of posters and flyers (contra charge applies). We offer the space with a guarantee to the venue, as a first call on ticket sales, with a returnable deposit due upon signature of contract to secure the hire. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer box office splits. We have several different hire options available:

 

Early Slot Hire

In the Early Slot, you will have an 8 hour get-in on Tuesday with a resident technician present, before opening that evening at 18:15. Your performance will last no longer than 60 minutes, before a quick turnaround for the next show to start at 19:45. In this slot, you will have to work around the incumbent set and lighting plan of the later show.

Cost: from £1,200 per week (guarantee as a first call on ticket sales).

Deposit: 50% of the guarantee (returnable).

Availability: from 3 months ahead.

 

Resident Slot Hire

In the resident slot, you will have priority over the space in regards to your set and lighting plan, and no time restriction on the length of your show. There will be another show performing in the space before you, and a 30 minute window between shows for turnaround. You will have your get-in on a Sunday  and tech on the Monday, before opening either Monday or Tuesday night at 19:45, depending on how much tech time you require. If running for more than one week, you will have Sunday and Monday as days off. Your get-out will take place after your final performance on the Saturday night, and be completed before midnight. Please note that there may be other companies using the space during the daytime and your days off, as well as the show in the Early Slot.

Cost: from £1,800 per week (guarantee as a first call on ticket sales).

Deposit: 50% of the guarantee (returnable).

Availability: from 6 months ahead.

 

Exclusive Evening Hire

If you would prefer not to share the space with another company, you can opt to hire the theatre exclusively from 6pm each evening. You will get-in on a Sunday, and have all day Monday and Tuesday to tech, before opening on Tuesday evening at a time of your choice (usually 19:30 or 19:45). If running for more than one week, you will have Sunday and Monday as days off. Your get-out will take place after your final performance on the Saturday night, and be completed before midnight. Please note that there may be other companies using the space before 6pm and on your days off.

Cost: from £3,000 per week (guarantee as a first call on ticket sales).

Deposit: 50% of the guarantee (returnable).

Availability: from 6 months ahead.

 

Fully Exclusive Hire

We offer the option of hiring out the theatre with full exclusivity, which would give you access from 10:00 to 22:00 every day of the hire (until 18:00 on Sundays). No other companies would use the space during this time. This option is particularly beneficial to shows with large sets that would be easily damaged/hard to work around for other companies. You will get-in on a Sunday, and have all day Monday and Tuesday to tech, before opening on Tuesday evening at a time of your choice (usually 19:30 or 19:45). Your get-out will take place after your final performance on the Saturday night, and be completed before midnight.

Cost: from £4,000 per week (guarantee as a first call on ticket sales).

Deposit: 50% of the guarantee (returnable).

Availability: from 6 months ahead.

 

Day Hire

We regularly hire out the Tristan Bates during the day for showcases, events, rehearsed readings, or any low-maintenance hires of any kind. We recommend that you hire a technician through us in addition to the theatre hire, as otherwise you will be unable to use the stage lighting or sound equipment. Please do note that you may have to work around an incumbent set and lighting plan. We take payment up front to secure the hire.

Cost: from £250 (4 hours) or from £450 (10:00 – 17:00)

Availability: Various

 

Dark Day Hire

When our longer running shows have days off, then we are able to offer out the theatre for one-off performances. These are often, but not always, on Mondays. You will have access 10:00 to 22:30 to get in, tech, perform, and get out. Please note that you may have to work around an incumbent set and lighting plan.

Cost: from £450

Availability: Various

 

JOHN THAW STUDIO

The John Thaw Studio is our second space, offering a more intimate and stripped back option. This space is used primarily for the John Thaw Initiative, but also for rehearsed readings, previews and scratch nights. The capacity reaches up to 50 and the chairs are unfixed and can therefore be arranged in any position to suit the needs of the incoming company. The technical capabilities are very limited, and therefore the space offers a more informal option which suits pieces not over-reliant on tech, and perhaps in the earlier stages of development. The John Thaw is available for short runs (between 1 and 3 performances) and we are delighted to offer the space on a box office split. Access is granted from 18:00, with 2 hours to set up and tech before performances beginning at 20:00.

 

John Thaw Initiative

The John Thaw Initiative offers space to actors creating their own work to perform a work-in-progress piece in a financially risk-free environment. We have 4 seasons a year, with each one tailored towards supporting a particular demographic of artist, or a particular theme of work. We often work with external companies to curate the seasons; these have included Blacktress, Actor Awareness and Otherland. Keep an eye on our social media accounts to see when applications are open for the next season. Anyone meeting the criteria is welcome to apply.

Applications Now Open for final John Thaw Initiative of 2019!

We are now accepting applications for the fourth and final instalment of the 2019 John Thaw Initative on the theme of Motherhood(s).

Your interpretation of motherhood can — and should be — entirely subjective. Historically, society has conflated the role of womanhood and motherhood, and with this season of work, we want to demythologise these socially solidified preconceptions.

We are looking for work-in-progress pieces, so it doesn’t matter how early in development your idea is. Full-scale productions will not be considered.

To read our curatorial call-out as well as key information, please click here

The deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 23 August.

Other shows in the John Thaw Studio

Whilst the majority of shows in the John Thaw Studio are part of the Initiative, it is also available for hire from anyone with an appropriate show. Please email Will on [email protected] if you would like to submit your show for consideration.

 

To explore our current theatre programme, please click here