FEATURED: Tabard Theatre Is Renamed Chiswick Playhouse, and Announces New Season of Shows


The Tabard Theatre in West London has been renamed the Chiswick Playhouse to celebrate the area’s illustrious heritage.

A new season of shows at the theatre has been announced, opening with the UK premiere of musical comedy  I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

As the first show in their inaugural season, Chiswick Playhouse is proud to present a UK Premiere: a brand-new version of the hit musical ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’.

Following the joys and tribulations of first dates, first loves, marriages, babies, in-laws, and growing old together, this hilarious and poignant show is the second-longest running Off-Broadway musical of all time, playing over 5,000 performances. Featuring songs including A Stud And A Babe, Single Man Drought and  Always A Bridesmaid, this brilliant new version is now presented to a UK audience for the very first time.

Starring a West-End cast whose credits include The Lion King, Noises Off, Spamalot, War Horse, Mamma Mia, Hair, West Side Story, Beautiful and many more, with direction by Charlotte Westenra (Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic).

Wonderful songs, outrageous comedy and heart-rending moments. Perfect for anyone who’s fallen in, or out, of love. Not to be missed.

The musical features a book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music by Jimmy Roberts, musical direction by Stuart Pedlar, choreography by Steven Harris and design by Verity Johnson.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change plays at the Chiswick Playhouse from 30th October to 30th November.

The season also includes a festive production of Hansel and Gretel, from 4th December 2019 to 4th January 2020.

‘Once there was a brother and sister, and they lived by a motorway that curled around the city like a wall. Few people strayed beyond this barrier for beyond was a forest of silver trees and silence that their stepmother called, The Forest of the Dead…’

So begins Chiswick Playhouse’s irresistible production of Hansel and Gretel. This children’s adventure will take the audience far from their city life, their Xboxes and Insta likes, into a world of lollipop houses, tap-dancing cockroaches and a witch with a penchant for single use plastic and the only remaining sustainable food source: children.

A tale of magic, mischief, houses made of sweets and other sustainable food sources. Music, puppetry and escapades for all the family to enjoy. 

The 2017 sell-out run of Tryst at The Tabard returns to Chiswick after great acclaim.

Based on a true story, set in Victorian England, this tense, passion-fuelled thriller tells of serial fraudster, George Love, who encounters a naïve and vulnerable shop-girl, Adelaide Pinchin. Seduced by his charm and elaborate stories of a life she’s never known, Adelaide agrees to run away with him in a secret tryst. What follows shocks them both as their plans begin to unravel in frightening and unpredictable ways.

What appears at first to be a simple tale of deceit, soon evolves into a riveting thriller with a startling climax which will stay with you long after the curtain comes down.

Tryst premiered in the West End in 1997 starring Paul Nicholas and Susan Penhaligon, under its previous name The Mysterious Mr. Love, before opening on Broadway in 2006.

The production will run at the Chiswick Playhouse from 5th to 29th February 2020.

The Chiswick Playhouse is a small space with big ambitions. The theatre produces its own in-house productions and works with other producers to bring West End quality shows to West London, and at a fraction of the ticket price! It produces new work as well as reimagining classic stories. And the theatre is a breeding ground for productions that want to move on to a future life.



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