Tea House Theatre

Winner of Time Out Love London Awards 2014

We are based in an old Victorian public house that opened in 1886 on the site of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens; immortalised as the ‘Vanity Fair’ in Thackeray’s eponymous novel.

We serve some of the best loose leaf teas available, proper sandwiches and homemade cakes; not to mention the best full English breakfast in London. Our teas have individual subtle flavours which would be overpowered by the instant, coarse, hit of coffee, so we do not sell it.

We make our own marmalade and jams, all for sale by the jar and all our teas can be bought by the ounce. Our meat comes from our local butcher and our fruit and vegetables from the local market gardens around us.

We are trying to be different. We will not hurry you. If you visit us on your lunch break, then have one, you will be more productive in the afternoon. If you want to have a meeting, we will not disturb you. If you are ‘working from home’, we have wifi. If you have children, we have highchairs, a chest of toys, and milkshakes. We always have the daily papers, so please, relax, and share in what we are trying to create, take a load off, and have a cuppa.

Three's Company
Sep
10
7:45pm 7:45pm

Three's Company

 

Join Marcus Reeves and special guests Harry Quinn and Eckoes for a night of live music at the Tea House Theatre in South London.

Doors 7.15 pm, show 7.45 pm

Tickets £12.50 plus booking fee from Eventbrite here


Marcus Reeves

Over the last two decades, writer and performer Marcus Reeves has reinvented himself repeatedly, with incarnations as an actor, drag queen, singer songwriter and performance poet. His show Postcards from God - The Sister Wendy Musical has been presented at Jermyn Street Theatre in London's West End and at Hackney Empire Studio Theatre, with its Concept Cast Recording receiving airplay from Elaine Paige and Graham Norton on BBC Radio Two.

As part of London's alternative cabaret circuit he has performed alongside such luminaries as David Hoyle, Dickie Beau and Jonny Woo, sung in Our Lady J’s gospel choir at Soho Theatre and supported RuPaul’s Drag Race star Adore Delano at The Meth Lab. Through Southbank Centre's Voicelab, he has performed with Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow, jazz improvisation icon Bobby McFerrin, beat boxer Shlomo and UK jazz legend Ian Shaw in choirs led by Dom Stichbury, Laka D and Mary King. More recently, he joined a star studded celebration of David Bowie at Union Chapel which also featured Glen Matlock, David McAlmont, The Magic Numbers and Dan Gillespie Sells of The Feeling, and supported Tom Robinson at a fundraiser for the Russian LGBT Network.

Eckoes

British born Nigerian ECKOES is both a sharp-sighted futurist and a nostalgic sentimentalist. In her music and her listening habits (she’s an avowed fan of both James Blake and Lionel Richie) she straddles the line between cutting edge textures and soulful pop hooks. A prolific songwriter outside of her solo project, she’s penned tracks for Tara Sutaria (The Disney Channel) and co-written and performed on releases with Danny Darko, Alex Banks, Space Jump Salute and Le Visiteur.

Her debut single ‘Valentine’ garnered support from the MOBO Awards, AFROPUNK and Fame Magazine, shooting up the digital Hype Machine charts, and she even played to Kevin Spacey at the 24 Hour Play after party along the way. As a writer and singer ECKOES constantly tests the water, fusing styles she likes with effortless grace. By turns alternative R&B, swelling soul, urban electronica, and ambient, ECKOES’ project finds itself in the hinterlands of pop. Like FKA Twigs, ECKOES isn’t beholden to reliving the past by simply repackaging it. Atop her distinctive sound are her vocals, unique, inimitable, but with a sharp ear for classic hooks. Inside those vocals she pours her feelings and her experiences.

ECKOES is one of the most intriguing and emotive new outpourings to emerge from the London circuit. At the helm of her project she stands, a six foot weaver of hypnotic sounds ever refining her craft. On the one hand familiar, relatable, on the other, a statuesque artist with an aura that’s all her own.

Harry Quinn

Harry Quinn is a singer-songwriter from the UK.

His debut album "Parallels" was released on 7th April 2017. It features a distinctive mix of moods and grooves, delivered by warm soulful vocals, dynamic guitar playing and a group of excellent musicians as part of the Harry Quinn Band (full album credits available here).

Solo and as part of the band (first band show Sep 2015), Harry has played hundreds of UK shows/gigs/open mics over the last few years, highlights include playing at The Royal Society and St. Pancras Church.

The 2017 release of "Parallels" features a number of handwritten and hand drawn elements; expressed across various video, print and social medias.


 

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Words Away
Sep
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Words Away

Monthly writing salons at the Tea House Theatre

"Imagining and developing characters" with guest Monica Ali

Words Away aims to bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.

Through the Salons, Words Away offer a focused exploration on a particular topic with a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions in a friendly setting.

Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Please join us, all welcome.

Tickets: £10, buy here

Or £12 on the door

Visit the Facebook page here and the official website here

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Terror on the Tracks - Don't Go Into The Cellar
Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Terror on the Tracks - Don't Go Into The Cellar

Journey back to the days of steam, where untold menace could be found lurking in the tunnels, set to leap out of the darkness to ensnare the unwary! An original stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Signal-Man" and other tales of menace and melodrama are the bill of fare on offer to those brave enough to join us.

Friday, September 22, 2017
8:00pm -  11:00pm

Tickets £10

Call on 0207 207 4585/ 0207 820 0141

Or book your tickets here.

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Words Away
Oct
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Words Away

Monthly writing salons at the Tea House Theatre

"Writing fiction using real characters with guest Jill Dawson

Words Away aims to bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.

Through the Salons, Words Away offer a focused exploration on a particular topic with a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions in a friendly setting.

Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Please join us, all welcome.

Tickets: £10, buy here

Or £12 on the door

Visit the Facebook page here and the official website here

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Penny Dreadful! Or, Mrs Lovett's Revenge!
Oct
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Penny Dreadful! Or, Mrs Lovett's Revenge!

Penny Dreadful! Or, Mrs Lovett's Revenge!

There are chills and chuckles in abundance with this original one-woman show featuring Sweeney Todd's partner in crime, Mrs Lovett! Be appalled by a plethora of other grotesque characters from the cheap and grisly pages of the Victorian era's penny dreadful papers, in a theatrical comedy suitable for the young at heart. Go on - have a close shave with Mrs Lovett... She'd love to have you for dinner...

Amy Bullock stars in a show that's written by Jonathan Goodwin, and directed by Gary Archer.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:00pm -  11:00pm

Tickets £10

Call on 0207 207 4585/ 0207 820 0141

Or book your tickets here.

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Words Away
Nov
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Words Away

Short or Long? Form in Fiction

Guest writer: Tessa Hadley

Do you ever start writing a short story and find it wants to become a novel? Have you ever worried that your brilliant new idea isn’t big enough to sustain a novel? Join us as we explore the possibilities of form in fiction. Our guest author, Tessa Hadley, is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and an award winning novelist and short story writer. She publishes short stories regularly in The New Yorker, reviews for The Guardian and the London Review of Books. This salon should appeal to writers who want to expand their thinking about form and length, and how to work out what a new project needs to be.

Please join us, all welcome.

Buy tickets here

Tickets: £10

Or £12 on the door

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Words Away
Dec
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Words Away

Poetry for Prose Writers

Guest: Maura Dooley

“Poetry is good because it flexes muscles you don’t often use enough. Poetry keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your tongue, your hand. And, above all, poetry is compacted metaphor or simile.” Ray Bradbury: Zen in the Art of Writing

 

Join us alongside the award winning poet, Maura Dooley, as we discuss how thinking like a poet helps prose-writers to “flex muscles you don't use enough”. Maura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Reader in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. You should come away from tonight’s salon with a clearer idea of the possibilities, and some creative suggestions to enrich your practice and nourish your prose.

Please join us, all welcome.

Buy tickets here

Tickets: £10

Or £12 on the door

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The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
Jan
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin plays the great sleuth in The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes. The show  features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. It also includes autobiographical snippets concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved.

The show is presented by Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company, the British Empire’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPXqjBUkA7U

http://www.remotegoat.com/uk/review/12761/do-go-into-the-cellar/

Thursday, January 18, 2018
8:00pm -  11:00pm

Tickets £10

Call on 0207 207 4585/ 0207 820 0141

Or book your tickets here.

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Whitechapel Freaks
Feb
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Whitechapel Freaks

The year is 1888, and London is in terror at the murder spree being committed by Saucy Jack! Why not seek respite from the horrors of Whitechapel by spending the evening inside Tabram's Music Hall? Fairy Fay guarantees a ripping time will be shared by one and all... A macabre cabaret of Victorian songs, weird skits and disturbing vignettes wherein you will meet a miscellany of suspects in unfamiliar guises. But which one is the Ripper?

Jonathan Goodwin and Fiona Johnston star in a show written by Jonathan Goodwin, with original music by Gary Archer.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:00pm -  11:00pm

Tickets £10

Call on 0207 207 4585/ 0207 820 0141

Or book your tickets here.

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Piyatro Presents MUHTEŞEM ÇiFT
Aug
5
8:00pm 8:00pm

Piyatro Presents MUHTEŞEM ÇiFT

The Piyatro Collective were founded in 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.  Working in many different disciplines; circus, pantomime, physical theatre and street theatre.

Piyatro has three rules coming from the number Pi:

1) The company doesn't repeat itself

2) It explores interpretative possibilities

3) Each piece of live art is unique

 

MUHTEŞEM ÇiFT is a piece of contemporary mime and physical theatre, creating the medium of "swing-mime".  A comic and passionate piece exploring the confusion of love. 

Tea House Theatre is proud to host both the premiere of this piece of work and the final stop of a summer UK tour of unique performance art pieces from this exciting company. 

 

Casting

Director: Piyatro Collective

Woman: Nurçin Karabıyık

Man: Şahin Adıgüzel

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Two 20 min excerpts Edinburgh preview shows
Jul
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Two 20 min excerpts Edinburgh preview shows

An evening of two 20 min excerpts Edinburgh preview shows with open mic.

Scottish born authors Alain English and Paul Wady the Stealth Aspies take you on a journey, sharing life's joys and outrageous fortunes, on the Autistic spectrum.

Becky Fury the wild women of comedy delivered belly laughs not to be missed preview. 

sTOPSTOP collective
"HYSTERICALLY FUNNY"

£3.00 entry

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Words Away
Jul
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Words Away

Monthly writing salons at the Tea House Theatre

"Be Your Own Writing Coach" with guest Jacqui Lofthouse

Words Away aims to bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.

Through the Salons, Words Away offer a focused exploration on a particular topic with a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions in a friendly setting.

Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Please join us, all welcome.

Tickets: £10, buy here

Or £12 on the door

Visit the Facebook page here and the official website here

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Three 20 Min excerpts Edinburgh previews shows
Jun
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

Three 20 Min excerpts Edinburgh previews shows

An evening of three 20 min excerpts Edinburgh preview shows with open mic slots

Stealth Aspies 1st

Scottish born author Alain English and Liverpool's Paul Wady present Stealth Aspies. Using testimony from autistic people, this show offers a fully rounded, funny and moving take on life on the autistic spectrum! Alain and Paul are both Fringe veterans and this promises to be an exciting and original show - don't miss it!

Becky Fury 2nd

An exert from Molotov Cocktail Party the wild woman of comedy delivers belly laughs in a not-to-be-missed preview show.

David Lee Morgan 3rd

International renowned poet and former UK Slam Champion.

£3.00 entry at the Tea House Theatre

This show will also run at the Tea House Theatre on Thursday 27 July with two 20 min excerpts

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SE11 SESSIONS
Jun
24
8:30pm 8:30pm

SE11 SESSIONS

SE11 Sessions is Tea House Theatre's regular offering of live jazz, soul & funk! Each month a guest vocalist features in a themed opening set, before an array of musicians combine for the jam.

Start: 8:30pm

Jam session: 9:45pm

Guest vocalist: TBA

House band:
Ruth Currie (saxophone)
Benjamin Gasiglia (guitar)
Mark Rogers (bass)
Tamas Teszary (drums)

£5 entry

Free for musicians

Our kitchen will be open

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Man For Sale!
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Man For Sale!

Celia has been married for 7 years and is having buyer's remorse...
Is it possible to send him back? What would someone pay for one slightly used husband anyway? Come and find out in this very funny musical comedy about marriage, middle age and monotony...


Friday & Saturday 16th & 17th June 2017

Starts 8pm

Click here for tickets

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Words Away
Jun
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

Words Away

Monthly writing salons at the Tea House Theatre

"World Building: Bringing Characters and Places Alive" with guest Claire Scobie

Words Away aims to bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.

Through the Salons, Words Away offer a focused exploration on a particular topic with a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions in a friendly setting.

Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Please join us, all welcome.

Tickets: £10, buy here

Or £12 on the door

Visit the Facebook page here and the official website here

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SE11 Sessions
May
26
8:30pm 8:30pm

SE11 Sessions

SE11 Sessions is Tea House Theatre's regular offering of live jazz, soul & funk! Each month a guest vocalist features in a themed opening set, before an array of musicians combine for the jam.

Antonio De Lillis & house band: 8:30pm
Jam session: 9:45pm


House band:
Ruth Currie (saxophone)
Benjamin Gasiglia (guitar)
Mark Rogers (bass)
Tamas Teszary (drums)

£5 entry

Free for musicians

Our kitchen will be open

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Words Away
May
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Words Away

Monthly writing salons at the Tea House Theatre

"Exploring Creative Non-Fiction" with guest Francis Spufford

Words Away aims to bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.

Through the Salons, Words Away offer a focused exploration on a particular topic with a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions in a friendly setting.

Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Please join us, all welcome.

Tickets: £10, buy here

Or £12 on the door

Visit the Facebook page here and the official website here

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Jules Evans on the art of losing control
May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Jules Evans on the art of losing control

Humans have always sought ecstatic experiences – moments where they go beyond their ordinary self and feel connected to something greater than them. Such moments are fundamental to human flourishing, but they can also be dangerous.

Beginning around the Enlightenment, western intellectual culture has written off ecstasy as ignorance or delusion. But philosopher Jules Evans argues that this diminishes our reality and denies us the healing, connection and meaning that ecstasy can bring.

How do we find ego-transcendence in a post-religious culture? How can we find it in healthy ways while avoiding the risks? We'll look at some of the varieties of modern ecstasy, from rock & roll to psychedelics, from contemplation to war and extremist politics. 

Jules' new book, The Art of Losing Control, will be on sale at the event. You can win a free copy by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter (we'll pick a winner randomly from those who share it) : http://www.philosophyforlife.org/why-getting-out-of-our-head-is-good-for-us/

The talk will start at 7pm, and be the usual format - two 25-minute halves with a group discussion in the middle, followed by Q&A. See you there! 

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Mad like Music
May
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mad like Music

Mad Like Music is not your standard Saturday night, with an amazing line-up of new music that we guarantee you won't find on any Spotify playlist. Full of fresh artists in London's most intimate venue, The Tea House Theatre. 

This evening has limited tickets so be sure to get your's quickly, as the venue is renown for its warm atmosphere and one-night-only events that over the years has made it a popular local favourite! (Winner of Time Out Love London Awards 2014)

Mad Like Music is about supporting new artists, while this is a fundraiser to help us on our journey to the fringe, we want to help new artists on their journey too! (I know we're so generous).

8pm Til Late / £5 per person

Tickets are limited, pay on the door

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SE11 Sessions
Apr
28
to Apr 29

SE11 Sessions

SE11 Sessions is Tea House Theatre's regular offering of live jazz, soul & funk! Each month a guest vocalist features in a themed opening set, before an array of musicians combine for the jam.

£5 entry

Free for musicians

Our kitchen will be open

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Words Away
Apr
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Words Away

Monthly writing salons at the Tea House Theatre

"Writing For Children and Young Adults" with guest Sara Grant

Words Away aims to bring writers together in a creative environment to explore the writing process.

Through the Salons, Words Away offer a focused exploration on a particular topic with a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions in a friendly setting.

Be inspired. Develop and nurture your craft. Meet other writers.

Please join us, all welcome.

Tickets: £10, buy here

Or £12 on the door

Visit the Facebook page here and the official website here

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St George's Festival 2017
Apr
22
to Apr 23

St George's Festival 2017

We are back! St George's 2017 is coming to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on 22nd and 23rd April.

Yes, a two day event with a massive bonfire on the Saturday night. The medieval full contact fighters will return for the third London Tournament, bringing carnage back to Steel Henge to crown a new champion. For those of you who don't know, that means men in armour clubbing each other with axes. There will be Morris dancers, Punch & Judy, an ale and mead tent, falconry, archery for all the family and a hog roast, traditional crafts and an evening performance of Shakespeare around the bonfire.

This is the fifth year of the St George's festival on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. We have grown to take up two days, so that more traders, crafts people, performers and fighters can be involved. Come and join us, buy a wooden sword and relive a bygone era of chivalry.

Saturday 22nd April, 12pm - 8pm
Sunday 23rd April, 12pm - 6pm

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