Putney Arts Theatre

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Putney Arts Theatre

In 1860 a seces­sionist group of Congregationalists estab­lished the Union Church at the corner of Putney’s Ravenna Road and the Upper Richmond Road. The church was built by the mega-contractor Samuel Morton Peto.

By the 1950s the dwindling congreg­ation had abandoned the church and it was acquired in 1963 by the London County Council. In the following year a newly formed young people’s theat­rical company calling itself Group 64 (after the year) leased the building.

Group 64 staged its first performance here in 1968, ultimately purchasing the freehold and giving the building its present name in 1999. At the same time, older local thespians united to form the Putney Theatre Company, also based here.

The former church has been progress­ively adapted to suit its new purpose and now has two performance spaces, workshop facil­ities and an exhib­ition space for local artists. The theatre also hosts produc­tions by other amateur companies and aims to be the borough’s principal venue for non-profes­sional community theatre.
Putney Arts Theatre sign outside the former Union Church