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Live In ConCert

at Putney Arts Theatre
15th November 6.45pm & 8.30pm

Truth or dare
(new Writing Competition)

Deadline for submissions:
6th December, 5.00pm

The Inaccurate Conception

(A Rehearsed reading)

by Richard Ahsam and Geoff Saunders
13th December, 7.45pm

What We Do

Putney Arts Theatre is home to two theatre groups, as well as having exhibitions, events and outside performance groups in regularly from the local community. 


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One of the leading adult amateur theatre companies in the UK.

We produce theatre that challenges our audiences, but also entertains them. We provide a friendly atmosphere, a rehearsal process that helps actors develop, get to know new friends and become a part of our local community. 


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We are a Young People's Theatre Company based in the heart of Putney. 

We run weekly drama classes for ages 4-19, holiday projects, and opportunities to be involved in performance, directing and technical theatre. We also have an education department and a graduate company called Little Echo.


Putney Arts Theatre

Putney Arts Theatre was formerly the Old Union Church, and the building dates from the mid-19th Century. 

The facilities of Putney Arts Theatre are available for hire as both performance space and rehearsal space, as well as a venue for meetings, exhibitions or private parties. 

What's On at PAT

There's always lots of fantastic productions, classes and events happening at Putney Arts Theatre.  You can find out more about these below, or click through to see our full listing.  

Upcoming Productions

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 21/11/2019
    • 19:45
    • 23/11/2019
    • 15:00
    • Putney Arts Theatre

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    “Two talented members directing their peers

    Group 64 Theatre for Young People presents:
    The Stones by Stefo Nantsou and Tom Lycos
    Journey to X by Nancy Harris

    Thursday 21st - Friday 22nd November 2019, 7.45pm & Saturday 23rd November, 3pm (Studio Theatre)

    This autumn will celebrate the twelfth year of Group 64’s exciting Young Directors Programme. Two talented members will be directing their peers in an exciting double bill of challenging scripts. Suitable for 13+

    • 05/12/2019
    • 19:45
    • 08/12/2019
    • 15:00
    • Putney Arts Theatre

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    “J.M. Barrie's much loved tale takes flight

    Group 64 Theatre for Young People presents:
    Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

    Thursday 5th December - Saturday 7th December, 7.45pm.  Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December, 3.00pm. (Main Stage)

    This winter, JM Barrie’s much-loved tale takes flight. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys loses his shadow during his visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland- where Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await! A Christmas adventure for the whole family!

    Performed by Group 64’s 8-18 year olds.

    • 13/12/2019
    • 19:45 - 22:00
    • Putney Arts Theatre

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    A raucous celebration of the school nativity play!

    Putney Theatre Company presents a rehearsed reading of The Inaccurate Conception by Richard Ahsam and Geoff Saunders

    Friday 13th December 2019,  7.45pm (main stage)

    The Inaccurate Conception had its first performance at Putney Arts Theatre 25 years ago and has since been performed all over the UK. It is a raucous celebration of the school nativity play. Celia Whibley is directing class 3C in this year’s nativity. It’s her – and the class’s – first ever production. The children are unmanageable and uncooperative, but Celia’s real obstacle is her unhelpful fellow staff. Battling against the odds is a ‘learning experience’ for Celia, but will the struggle be worth it? Seven-year-olds, teachers and parents alike are played by adults in this energetic and warm-hearted comedy.

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    There is no need to pre-purchase tickets for this event. Please turn up on the night and purchase your ticket at the box office.

    A rehearsed reading – also known as a 'script-in-hand reading' – involves actors performing a play without being required to learn the script by heart.

    • 17/12/2019
    • 19:45
    • 22/12/2019
    • 17:00
    • Putney Arts Theatre

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    Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest – Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

    Putney Theatre Company presents:
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by Bryony Lavery

    Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th December, 7.45pm, and Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd December, 1pm & 5pm (main stage)

    When a stranger arrives at the Admiral Benbow Inn with a dark past and murmurings of treasure, Jim, the innkeeper's granddaughter, decides to leave her comfortable home in search of adventure at sea.

    With swashbuckling pirates and seafaring shanties, this twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of exploration, friendship and betrayal will delight adults and children of all ages. Parrots are also welcome, but only if they bring their pieces of eight!

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    • 21/01/2020
    • 19:45
    • 25/01/2020
    • 19:45
    • Putney Arts Theatre

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    “A common language can bring people together.

    Putney Theatre Company presents:
    Tribes by Nina Raine

    Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th January 2020, 7.45pm (studio theatre)

    Billy is deaf, born into a hearing family who talk, and argue, a lot. He is the only one who really listens to what they each have to say. When he meets Sylvia, she shows him how to use British Sign Language and he is part of a new tribe now. One where a shared identity, community and culture matter to him more than he ever knew before. Billy’s life is changing, but is anyone ready to see what he has to say?


    • 19/05/2020
    • 19:45
    • 23/05/2020
    • 19:45
    • Putney Arts Theatre

    Enter our new writing competition

    Is it better or worse to know the truth?

    Putney Theatre Company invites submissions for Truth or Dare – a new writing event to be performed in May 2020.

    Deadline for submissions:
    5pm on 6th December 2019

    Whilst we roam around our world, questions arise about how well we know each individual we encounter and think we know already. Families, work colleagues, house mates, partners, friends and siblings all hold out at a life, whilst they stride through their everyday routines and aspirations. What would happen if one of those members sprung a truth you did not realise about them which could change one's outlook, perspective, thought process and view of that person? Would it change the values of people? Would you dare to push for the truth? Would it change the trajectory of one's life if a truth were to be told? Should we dare to open old wounds for the sake of others or even oneself? Would it be better or worse to know the truth?

    This season's PTC New Writing seeks new writing to inspire, be thought provoking and expand on the idea of Truth or Dare and attempt to make a difference for the future of the characters in the play. We wish to ignite discussions outside the constraints of the theatre. Each piece should evoke discussions and questions about the theme of 'Truth or Dare'. It can be about political, social, economic or personal consequences.

    There is no restriction on genre or format for your piece. Use the state of society in your set time period to highlight the good and bad of a situation in those times. There has to be an objective to the writing, which can have a turn of events and thus giving way to the ‘Truth or Dare’ you wish to convey.

    This year’s New Writing will be performed in our Studio Space at Putney Arts Theatre. It is a smaller space to the main stage, but invites the audience to the intimacy of the piece and the characters, so writing should be for a simple set. Lighting and sound can help emphasize moments. Please write for a maximum of 4 actors (although the piece could have more characters, as long as it allows for the doubling up for actors to perform). Pieces can be from 3 to 15 minutes.

    The deadline for delivering your submission is 29th November 2019. We'll be taking successful submissions through two rounds of development to help make your script even better, with the final decision of pieces being made by January 2020 with performances in May 2020.

    If you have any further questions, please contact

    Advice for submissions

    • Please send all submissions to by 5pm on 6th December 2019. Any submissions after this point cannot be considered.

    • Please submit your piece as a Word document or PDF only. No other formats will be considered.

    • Clearly title your piece, but do not put your contact details on the document itself. Our team read pieces anonymously to ensure fairness. Please do include your contact details, name, telephone number and email address in your covering email.

    • Shortlisted submissions will be notified before 12th December 2019, development of projects will begin in January 2020.

    Performance dates

    Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd May 2020, 7.45pm (studio)

Past events

15/11/2019 51st State Band
05/11/2019 Things I Know to Be True
15/10/2019 Radiant Vermin
24/09/2019 Enron
04/08/2019 Bad Jews
16/07/2019 Bed 13 at the OSO Arts Centre
11/07/2019 Hansel & Gretel
06/07/2019 The Odyssey - Outdoors
25/06/2019 The Odyssey
21/05/2019 Revolutions
10/05/2019 The Blue Room by David Hare - A Rehearsed Reading
23/04/2019 The Real Thing
21/03/2019 Young Company Double Bill
12/03/2019 Touch
19/02/2019 Closer
22/01/2019 The Retreat


We are a community theatre.

We make work that is any and sometimes all of the following: bold, adventurous, challenging, classic, new and sometimes more than a little bit silly. Above all, our work always strives to be of the highest standard.

We are driven by a community of active members that includes local Putney residents, people from the borough of Wandsworth and from further afield throughout London. Being the base of both Putney Theatre Company and Group 64 Youth Theatre, we are driven by the hard work of our adult members and the playful experimentation of our youth.

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Formed in 1964 out of the coming together of a couple of local community drama groups, we began life as Group 64. 1968 saw us find a home in the Old Union Church which we continue to inhabit, gaining the freehold in the late 1990s with the help of a Lottery/Arts Council grant.

Throughout the years our plans for the building, acts of refurbishment and artistic output continued to expand alongside each other. In 1999 we brought Putney Players into our community and they became Putney Theatre Company with Group 64 looking after the dramatic pursuits of our young people. 

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Photography on this website is provided by numerous members over the years. In particular we would like to thank: Ben Copping, Martin Jessop, Rich Evans and Steve Lippett who have contributed so much to capturing our productions in such amazing quality.

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