The Actors Centre

New TBT Producer!

8 June 2016


Welcome Matthew Keeler!

Current Associate Producer at St. James Theatre, Matthew Keeler, will be joining the Actors Centre team as Tristan Bates Theatre Producer on 13th June!

Matthew has worked at St. James since it opened in 2012 with notable productions including Sir Trevor Nunn’s Scenes from a Marriage, Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Tell Me on a Sunday (West End transfer and Olivier Award nomination for Best Musical Revival). Matthew also co-founded and co-curates the St. James Theatre’s artist development initiative, St. James RE:act, and is responsible for coordinating the programming of the St. James Theatre’s two spaces.

On accepting the position Matthew said “the Tristan Bates Theatre represents everything I believe theatre ought to be and I consider it a great honour to build upon the foundations that have been laid by Ben Monks and Will Young."

“St. James Theatre has been my home for the last four years and I have enjoyed every moment of establishing a brand new London theatre. I am now excited to start developing all strands of the Tristan Bates Theatre programme: new work, revivals and musicals, and to begin collaborating with this dynamic and talented team. Future plans are already brewing for this little powerhouse of a theatre - I cannot wait to get started.”

Current Tristan Bates Theatre and Olivier Award winning Producers Will Young and Ben Monks are leaving to pursue other ventures. Our CEO Louise Coles said “Will and Ben have worked with determined drive and passion for nearly five years to ensure that the Tristan Bates Theatre has continued to attract an increasing number of high quality productions and artists to its stage. They have contributed towards the growth of a more financially sustainable model for the theatre and subsequently for the Actors Centre as a whole. They have also given considerable hands on support to artists and our actors during this time and have left a fantastic legacy for an incoming producer to build upon.”

She continued, “We are delighted that Matthew Keeler has now taken up the position to build upon their success and who will continue to grow and develop the Tristan Bates’ and Actors Centre’s commitment to supporting high quality work along with considerable hands on support of those artists and actors who tread our boards. Matthew’s experience and background combines the right ingredients to manage and develop our theatre and to take it to the next level.”

The Tristan Bates Theatre opened in 1994 in dedication to the memory of the actor Tristan Bates, son of the Actors Centre patron Sir Alan Bates. An intimate studio in the heart of Covent Garden, the Tristan Bates Theatre has an acclaimed history of showcasing and supporting exciting new work. 

We hope you will all join us in welcoming Matthew as the Tristan Bates Theatre enters a new exciting era!