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Chelsea Theatre
Address
City
Capacity 110 seats
Type Producing house
Opened Reopened November 2001
Production Short seasons
www.chelseatheatre.org.uk
Coordinates: 51°28′53″N 0°10′47″W / 51.481389°N 0.179722°W / 51.481389; -0.179722

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About

Chelsea Theatre is a studio theatre located on the Kings Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It presents, commissions, and produces new work and is the only theatre in London dedicated to Performance Art.

The theatre is also focussed on working within the local community.

Chelsea Theatre produces the renowned live art and contemporary practice celebration, SACRED Festival. The next season will be 21 October - 22 November 2009.

Past Productions

The 2006/7 season, SACRED, consisted of new work commissioned by artists including: Goat Island (performance group), Ron Athey, Mem Morrison, Kazuko Hohki of the Frank Chickens, Gary Carter and Third Angel. These artists mentored emerging theatre makers, including: Silke Mansholt, Dominic Johnson, Sheila Ghelani, Meline Danielewicz, Helena Hunter and Action Hero.

In 2007 Chelsea Theatre presented work from legendary live artists including Roland Loomis and Annie Sprinkle.

In April and May 2008 Chelsea Theatre produced and presented a new season of contemporary performance, with works from Curious, Richard Dedomenici, Marcella Puppini of the Puppini Sisters, Lois Weaver, Dries Verhoeven, Gustavo Ciriaco & Andrea Sonnberger, Julia Bardsley, Yara El-Sherbini, Rajni Shah, Dr Roberts' Magic Bus (including Olivier Award winner Miss High Leg Kick, Breathe and Chris Dobrowolski), Ernst Fischer and Helen Spackman. There was also a complimentary series of critical symposia curated by the Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin and New Work Network.

In October and November 2008, Chelsea Theatre played host to a string of new performances from internationally renowned performers, including Lone Twin Theatre, Andrew Poppy, Leibniz performance collective and the Croatian company BADco.

Current and Upcoming Work

The influential SACRED season returns in October and November 2009, in collaboration with Thomas Frank and brut Wien, and supported by Arts Council England, The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture and the Austrian Cultural Forum. This season contains UK premieres of Central European performance by artists including Cezary Tomaszewski, Doris Uhlich, Jan Machacek, Thomas Desi's Operation Orlac (based on the classic silent film The Hands of Orlac), Oleg Soulimenko & Andrei Andrianov.

These Central European artists are programmed alongside the best in UK contemporary performance: 'The Divine' David Hoyle[1], Gob Squad, Helena Hunter, Paul Granjon, Stacy Makishi, Action Hero, Julia Bardsley & Andrew Poppy, Richard DeDomenici, Franko B and Curious.

Alongside the performances will be a series of workshops (led by Lone Twin, Bobby Baker, Franko B and Julia Bardsley & Andrew Poppy), lectures, an academic conference and community-led art events.

For 2009, Chelsea Theatre will develop by opening til very late every Friday night during the season and present the very best in anarchic cabaret from such talents as: Frisky and Mannish, Frank Chickens, Bourgeois & Maurice and Miss High Leg Kick. Live DJ sets will be presented by The Sugarlow Boys from Kimono Krush, and the compere/Mistress of the Frivolities will be Yara El-Sherbini.

Theatre For Children

Since 2003, Chelsea Theatre has been presenting incredibly popular children's theatre, including companies like Monster Productions and TAll Stories. Past shows include: Weather Kitchen (2004), Feast (2005), A Handful of Sand (2006), Hogwash (2007), William's Monster (2008) and Room on the Broom (2009).

In December 2009 Tall Stories, the company that brought you The Gruffalo, will return to Chelsea Theatre to present Something Else (book), based on the picture book by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell.

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