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