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.

DEBATING LONDON
Jun
1
7:30 pm19:30

DEBATING LONDON

Debating London is back with the next debate on Wednesday the 1st June at 7.30pm.

All welcome.

New Sheridan Film Club
Jun
8
7:30 pm19:30

New Sheridan Film Club

Next film night introduces Dean Spanley (2008), the Edwardian-set comedy fantasy about reincarnation and father-son relationships, preceded by a brief introduction on Lord Dunsany, on whose writings the film is based.

Free Admission

 

SLAM!
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

SLAM!

SLAM! For glamorous brains.

Lurking in the shadow of MI6,

The pop-up party for beginners at bridge

And professionals at partying...

£12 on the door, £40 for a table of 4 in advance

contact: slambridgelondon@gmail.com

 

Old Haunts - Don't Go Into the Cellar
Sep
14
8:00 pm20:00

Old Haunts - Don't Go Into the Cellar

Following the success of Warnings to the Curious, Don't Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company presents Old Haunts: Ghostly Tales of Edwardian Menace by M.R. James. An original one-man show based on those vintage spine-tinglers, "Casting the Runes" and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad".  An atmospheric and unsettling adaptation of two timeless tales of terror!

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!

A link to a review of Old Haunts is Here

Ticket £10

Call on 0207 027 4585/ 0207 820 0141

or Book Here

 


SLAM!
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

SLAM!

SLAM! For glamorous brains.

Lurking in the shadow of MI6,

The pop-up party for beginners at bridge

And professionals at partying...

£12 on the door, £40 for a table of 4 in advance

contact: slambridgelondon@gmail.com

 

DEBATING LONDON
May
18
7:30 pm19:30

DEBATING LONDON

This Wednesday's motion:

'Countries that refuse to disclose their tax secrets should face international sanctions'

All are welcome. Free entry and bar open until late.

Start 7.30pm

 

SE11 Sessions
May
14
8:30 pm20:30

SE11 Sessions

Fresh Jazz, Soul, Funk

From 8.30pm until late!

Hot snacks until 10pm.

Bar until late

Come to our next session on 14 May, featuring Lwazi Tshabalala Grinly! https://www.facebook.com/SE11Sessions/

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A South African native, Lwazi started her music career in the late '90s as a solo soul vocalist before joining forces with jazzy 7 piece Ghetto Prophecy Movement (G.P.M).

Performing original material, Lwazi's experience with G.P.M included opening for top South African / international bands and headlining several festival stages (Splashy Fen, Awesome Africa, Flux Festival) around Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Since moving to the UK Lwazi has fronted a successful Cumbrian blues band (Bluestown) to rave reviews, and having recently relocated to London is playing jams in and around the capital / Greater London.

Despite having no professional training Lwazi is a naturally dynamic and soulful singer who connects with her audience. Don't miss her showcase set at SE11 Sessions; an uplifting selection of her motherland's Afro jazz tradition, including songs by Thandiswa Mazwai, Miriam Makeba & Freshlyground.

 

New Sheridan Club Film Night
May
11
7:30 pm19:30

New Sheridan Club Film Night

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Admission: Free

Repeatedly topping polls as the funniest movie ever, our May film got a muted response at the time (although it did win an Oscar for best costumes) because no one had seen anything like it before. Many test audiences didn’t at first realise they were watching a comedy—but then how many comedies feature a mass execution 15 minutes in? Villain Spats Columbo is played by George Raft with just as much menace as he displays in last month’s 1932 flick Scarface.

Where Scarface suffered because the Hayes Office was just beginning to clamp down on sex and violence, Some Like It Hot represents the final throwing off of those shackles. It too is set in the Roaring Twenties (albeit a very 1950s-looking version) and concerns two musicians, played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who witness the gangland slaying (essentially the St Valentine’s Day massacre) and must flee to save their lives. So they disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band led by Marilyn Monroe.

The threat of violence aside (and that was already a staple of the comedy horror genre), the film boils over with sex. Not actual sex, but we have Marilyn singing “I Want to Be Loved By You” in a dress that renders her almost naked, and running gags revolve around the fact that the heroes, whom the girls assume to be girls, are treated to an endless scantily-clad slumber party. Marilyn and Jack squeezing together in a sleeper train bunk would never have been allowed by the Hayes Code.

And of course the film is about sex in the sense of sexual attitudes, sexual stereotyping and sexual identity. Curtis’s Jack-the-lad character finds that being a woman gives him access to women and their normally hidden thoughts, while Lemmon slips quite comfortably into womanhood, relishing the girltalk. He even gets romanced by an ageing playboy and somehow finds himself engaged. The famous last line (no spoilers here) which leaves hanging the suggestion of gay romance was, according to co-writer Billy WIlder, just meant to be a temporary one while they thought of something funnier. But since they had no idea what was supposed to happen to the characters next, they left it in…

RESIGN! THE NEWSLETTER OF THE NEW SHERIDAN CLUB 32 ISSUE 115, MAY 2016

 

Debating London
May
4
7:30 pm19:30

Debating London

The next debate will be on the London Mayoral election and Housing Transport Security.

Open to all.

 

 

Je T'aimey & Friends - Cabaret
May
2
7:30 pm19:30

Je T'aimey & Friends - Cabaret

Je T'Aimey and Friends @ the Teahouse Theatre Vauxhall.
 
After two sell-out performances, Je T'Aimey and a host of fabulous friends return to the Teahouse for an evening packed to the rafters with songs, comedy, music and a sprinkling of debauchery.  We're raising some cash for a ‘Pay it Forward’ scheme at The Park Theatre, Finsbury Park. They’re hoping to provide one-hundred free tickets a week to charities that tackle homelessness and poverty and to stage a relaxed performance of this summers’ The Buskers Opera. (more information here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-buskers-opera-art-matter-pass-it-on)

Tickets Doors open at 7pm, performances will kick off at &.30pm and we'd love to see you all there! Cast includes Fra Fee (Les Miserables, As You Like It, Dirty Dancing), Alex Hammond (Mowtown), Christina Tedders (Once the Musical, Calamity Jane), Luke Courtier (Lunch) and many, many more.

 

SLAM!
Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

SLAM!

SLAM! For glamorous brains.

Lurking in the shadow of MI6,

The pop-up party for beginners at bridge

And professionals at partying...

£12 on the door, £40 for a table of 4 in advance

contact: slambridgelondon@gmail.com

 

Debating London
Apr
20
7:30 pm19:30

Debating London

Debating London presents their next public debate. Free entry. Bar open until late.

The topic is:

'The UK government can and should be trusted with greater on-line surveillance powers.'

 

Vaux89 Spring Concert
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Vaux89 Spring Concert

The inaugural concert of new Vauxhall community choir.

All profits donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Drinks and snacks to purchase at the Tea House Theatre.

Debating London
Apr
6
7:30 pm19:30

Debating London

Wednesday 6th April 7.30pm

The next debate will be a workshop on the EU referendum, entitled:

'Making sense of the EU debate'.

Free entry and open to all.

 

Debating London
Mar
16
7:30 pm19:30

Debating London

The genetic modification debate

Wednesday, 16th March 2016 - FREE ADMISSION

'Permitting the genetic modification of human embryos is a mistake'

Rachel Myall - Folk Blues Night
Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

Rachel Myall - Folk Blues Night

Join melancholy folk blues singer-songwriter Rachel Myall for an evening of sublime live music to celebrate the release of her debut solo EP Science.

Fellow singer-songwriter and The Guardian's 'One To Watch' Hayley Cannon and Irish / Scottish folk collective Ghillie will also be performing.

Doors open at 7.30pm, with live music from 8pm.

Tickets are £5 and can be purchased in advance - visit www.rachelmyall.com for more details.

A number of tickets will also be available to buy on the door on the night.

 

New Sheridan Film Club - His Girl Friday (1940)
Mar
9
7:30 pm19:30

New Sheridan Film Club - His Girl Friday (1940)

 

His Girl Friday (1940)

Admission: Free

In this era of CGI and blockbuster action entertainment, there aren’t many movies that rely largely on dialogue for their impact. So for a change of pace our March Film Night presentation is His Girl Friday, widely considered the best of Howard Hawks’s comedies (he also made Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby and I Was a Male War Bride). 

The film is based on a play, Hold the Front Page, by former newspapermen Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, which opened on Broadway in 1928. It is the story of a conniving managing editor Walter Burns (based on Chicago Tribune editor Walter Howey) who is trying to persuade his sometime ace reporter Hildebrand “Hildy” Johnson (modelled on MacArthur himself) to come back and work for him again. Howard Hughes acquired the rights and made a movie version as early as 1931. Scripted by Charles Lederer, it received three Oscar nominations.

Nearly a decade later filmmaker Howard Hawks was giving a small dinner party when the conversation got round to dialogue, which Hawks felt reached its zenith in The Front Page. To prove his point he pulled out a copy of the play and started reading it, taking the Burns role. A female guest read the part of Hildy Johnson. “And in the middle of it,” Hawks later recalled, “I said, ‘My Lord, it’s better with a girl reading it than the way it was!’”

With Hecht’s blessing on the sex change, Hawks acquired the rights from Hughes and set about his own version, with the final screenplay by Lederer once more. Hildy Johnson was now not only Burns’s ex-ace reporter but also his ex-wife, adding sexual tension to the mix. When Burns learns that Hildy is planning to give up her metier as a reporter to get married to insurance man Bruce Baldwin and retire to domestic bliss he has a double reason to want to sabotage her plans… (Hildy remembers the end of their marriage:  “A big fat lummox like you, hiring an airplane to write, ‘Hildy, don’t be hasty, remember my dimple. —Walter.’ It delayed our divorce twenty minutes while the judge went out to watch it.”)

The film falls squarely in the “screwball comedy” genre. Exactly what defines a screwball comedy depends on whom you ask. In his book Screwball Comedy Ed Sikov speaks of “a whole genre developed around the perverse idea that love could only be enhanced by aggravation”; for Molly Haskell (in her introduction to the same book) it is “a sort of existential American version of the French amour fou”, while Andrew Sarris summarises the genre as “sex comedy without the sex”. The name comes from a type of pitch in baseball, and the movies tended to be romantic comedies that subverted the usual dreamy conventions of romance—irreverent, wise-cracking, undermining the fantasy with everyday social and economic realities. Flowering from the mid-1930s to the end of the 1940s, the genre resonated with a generation enduring the fall-out of the Wall Street Crash.

Screwball comedies were acerbic and fast-paced, and in His Girl Friday Hawks took this a stage further by expanding on a technique experimented with in Frank Capra’s 1932 American Madness—overlapping dialogue. Be warned that to get the most out of this film you have to stay on your toes! The tone was further enhanced by the cast’s own ad libs, with Cary Grant (as Burns) adding a postmodern touch by not only referring disparagingly to himself (by his real name, Archie Leach) but also describing Bruce Baldwin, played by Ralph Bellamy, as:  “He looks like, er, that fellow in the movies… you know, Ralph Bellamy.” Rosalind Russell was not Hawks’s first choice to play Hildy—Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Margaret Sullavan, Ginger Rogers, Irene Dunne and Jean Arthur were all considered first—and in her autobiography, Life Is A Banquet, she wrote that she thought her role did not have as many good lines as Grant’s, so she hired her own writer to “punch up” her dialogue. With Hawks encouraging ad-libbing on the set, Russell was able to slip her writer’s work into the movie. Only Grant was wise to this tactic and greeted her each morning saying, “What have you got today?”

So fasten your seatbelts to enjoy what cinema guru Leslie Halliwell called “the fastest comedy ever filmed, and one of the funniest”. Hell, even Quentin Tarantino named it as one of his favourite movies.

Oh, and you’ll also get to enjoy some of Rosalind Russell’s extraordinary outfits…

Park and Lane on Air!
Mar
5
8:30 pm20:30

Park and Lane on Air!

Ticket: £10

Call on 0207 207 45 85/ 0207 820 01 41

or Book Here

Park and Lane are back due to popular demand (i.e. their accountant!) for a second slice of their own unique brand of comedy mayhem (and some carrot cake!)

See Park and Lane reverse forward into the golden age of 40’s / 50's British radio…

An age when people left their front doors open…hoping you would steal their powdered egg, if they were lucky.

Selfie’s were something you did under the bedsheets at night, with the aid of a torch and a copy of Health & Beauty, praying your mum wouldn’t walk in on you.

And TV was…bloody expensive, which meant radio was king and will be again!

So join the boys as they bring radio comedy back kicking and screaming into the present.

Who are Park and Lane?

Park & Lane are a writing and performing comedy team, comprising Daniel Graylyons and Simon M. James. They formed in September 2009.

Dan and Simon met while excavating a mummy's tomb at a dig in Luxor, Egypt. Dan was, at this time, one of Britain's foremost archaeologists and discovered Simon under a stone. Simon had been there for some time, playing the longest game of Hide and Seek in recorded history with his mother and father. Unfortunately, they had somehow forgotten about the seeking aspect of the game. Dan and his expert team (the all-girl Dishy Dozen, famed in archaeology circles for their hot pants and pith helmet look) also made the amazing discovery that, after giving Simon's baldy head a polish, at a certain angle he could be used as a human sun dial, due to the dazzle off his head and his hog ears…Oops!…Typo error?...

 

Starring Daniel Graylyons, Simon M. James

And The Park and Lane Players

Written by Daniel Graylyons, Simon M. James, Jack Gunn

Back in the Day Talks
Feb
28
6:30 pm18:30

Back in the Day Talks

 "From School Blazer to Mohair Suits"

 Musical memories of growing up in the fifties and sixties

 Growing up in London in the late 1950s and the “swinging” 60s, was with hindsight, quite remarkable although those of us who were around then, didn’t realise that we were part of a cultural revolution that would shake the world.  We were just like teenagers from any generation suffering from the same existential angst that adolescents throughout history have endured but we had one advantage – the fabulous music of the time - which has lived on through the decades.

 

In our talk, “From School Blazer to Mohair Suits” using photos, videos and music, Barrie will regale you with stories of his growing up, how music affected him and how it keeps the memories of the most important time of his life, fresh in his mind, conjuring up people and places just by hearing a few bars of a song.

 

We all have songs that like Barrie, will take us back to a specific time and place and we aim to trigger a few memories for everyone during the evening. Memories such as Sunday lunchtimes listening to the Light Programme, trauma on the dance floor as we ask, or wait for someone to ask us, to dance, our first visit to a club, our first kiss, our first holiday abroad.

 

So “Don’t Walk On By” or “Runaway” and come with Barrie on his personal musical journey as he does the “Harlem Shuffle” back to the days when he was growing up. Join in with your own musical reminiscences as we cruise back in time and let our musical memories take us back to the “Point Of No Return”.

 

Sunday February 28th 2016

 

Doors: 5:00pm for tea & snacks

Talk starts: 6:30pm

Tea break at 7:45pm

Evening ends at: 9:00pm

Ticket £10

Limited spaces available!

Reserve on 0207 207 45 85 and pay cash on the day!

To see our trailer, click on: 

https://vimeo.com/144526298

 

 

 

 

New Sheridan Club Film Night
Feb
24
7:30 pm19:30

New Sheridan Club Film Night

The Two Jakes (1990)

Wednesday 24th February
7.30pm–11pm

Admission: Free

The Earl of Essex presents this sequel to Chinatown (1974), one of the most iconic and much studied movies of all time. Where Chinatown was set in LA of the 1930s, here the action has moved on to the post-war 1940s, with Jack Nicholson's private eye Jake Gittes now running a team of investigators.

In Chinatown what starts as a classic low-rent adultery case reveals immorality and corruption at such high levels that it is not something Gittes can fix: he is simply granted a glimpse of the lies and greed at the core of the system. Here Gittes is still haunted by his experiences then, and the film is less a genre detective story and more a meditation on guilt and motive. The second Jake is property developer Jake Berman (Harvey Keitel) who fears his wife is having an affair with his partner, but Gittes's attempt to help him get the photographic evidence he needs for the divorce court soon turns messy.

The screenplay is by Robert Towne, who also wrote (and received an Oscar for) Chinatown, but instead of Roman Polanski the director here is Nicholson himself. The film was seven years in the making thanks to studio problems (it was meant to be made in 1985), but critic Roger Ebert called it at the time "such a focused and concentrated film that every scene falls into place like clockwork". Towne actually intended it as the second of a trilogy, with the final film, Gittes vs. Gittes set in 1968 and dealing with Jake's own divorce, but this movies has, to date, not be made.

Paper Tiger Poetry
Feb
19
7:30 pm19:30

Paper Tiger Poetry

Evening of poetry with Open Mic. 

Tickets on the door - £5

             Host- Jason Why introduces:             

 Jazzman John

Ernesto Sarezale

Cathy Flower

RAYMOND

Ernie Burns

Matt Francis

Becky Fury

Office girl go crazy

Donall Dempsey

Grassy Noel

Zolan Quobble

 

 

 

Debating London
Feb
17
7:30 pm19:30

Debating London

This Debate's Motion is:

'Celebrities concerned about racism in the film industry are right to boycott the Oscars'

Free Entry

7.30 pm

 

A Small Dot On The Western Front
Feb
13
8:00 pm20:00

A Small Dot On The Western Front

Written & directed by A D Cooper

Hurcheon Ltd. is delighted to announce a new one-woman show. Awardwinning
writer A D Cooper presents A Small Dot On The Western Front, the
story of the only woman to serve in the British Army in World War 1. 


A D Cooper is a writer, copywriter and scriptwriter. She’s also directed a
string of short films since 2010, including six drama films for Hurcheon Films
that have been selected and screened at international festivals. In 2014, she
made an excerpt of this story into a short film released under the same title
that has been selected by film festivals in the USA and the UK (2015/6).


But there’s so much more to this extraordinary tale: In September 1915,
Miss Dorothy Lawrence cycles from London to France before disguising
herself as a soldier and mingling with the sappers laying mines under No
Man’s Land. Once revealed, her mere presence causes explosions of a very
different kind. Now in 1919, she is ready to relate her unusual adventures.
Presenting Angela Ferns in the role of Dorothy Lawrence.

Buy Tickets Here

or call Us on 0207 207 4585, no extra charge over the phone!
Tickets: £10

A Small Dot On The Western Front
Feb
12
8:00 pm20:00

A Small Dot On The Western Front

Written & directed by A D Cooper

Hurcheon Ltd. is delighted to announce a new one-woman show. Awardwinning
writer A D Cooper presents A Small Dot On The Western Front, the
story of the only woman to serve in the British Army in World War 1. 


A D Cooper is a writer, copywriter and scriptwriter. She’s also directed a
string of short films since 2010, including six drama films for Hurcheon Films
that have been selected and screened at international festivals. In 2014, she
made an excerpt of this story into a short film released under the same title
that has been selected by film festivals in the USA and the UK (2015/6).


But there’s so much more to this extraordinary tale: In September 1915,
Miss Dorothy Lawrence cycles from London to France before disguising
herself as a soldier and mingling with the sappers laying mines under No
Man’s Land. Once revealed, her mere presence causes explosions of a very
different kind. Now in 1919, she is ready to relate her unusual adventures.
Presenting Angela Ferns in the role of Dorothy Lawrence.

Buy Tickets Here

or call Us on 0207 207 4585, no extra charge over the phone!
Tickets: £10

A Small Dot On The Western Front
Feb
11
8:00 pm20:00

A Small Dot On The Western Front

Written & directed by A D Cooper

Hurcheon Ltd. is delighted to announce a new one-woman show. Awardwinning
writer A D Cooper presents A Small Dot On The Western Front, the
story of the only woman to serve in the British Army in World War 1. 


A D Cooper is a writer, copywriter and scriptwriter. She’s also directed a
string of short films since 2010, including six drama films for Hurcheon Films
that have been selected and screened at international festivals. In 2014, she
made an excerpt of this story into a short film released under the same title
that has been selected by film festivals in the USA and the UK (2015/6).


But there’s so much more to this extraordinary tale: In September 1915,
Miss Dorothy Lawrence cycles from London to France before disguising
herself as a soldier and mingling with the sappers laying mines under No
Man’s Land. Once revealed, her mere presence causes explosions of a very
different kind. Now in 1919, she is ready to relate her unusual adventures.
Presenting Angela Ferns in the role of Dorothy Lawrence.
 

Buy Tickets Here

or call Us on 0207 207 4585, no extra charge over the phone!

Tickets: £10

A Small Dot On The Western Front
Feb
10
8:00 pm20:00

A Small Dot On The Western Front



Written & directed by A D Cooper

Hurcheon Ltd. is delighted to announce a new one-woman show. Awardwinning
writer A D Cooper presents A Small Dot On The Western Front, the
story of the only woman to serve in the British Army in World War 1.


A D Cooper is a writer, copywriter and scriptwriter. She’s also directed a
string of short films since 2010, including six drama films for Hurcheon Films
that have been selected and screened at international festivals. In 2014, she
made an excerpt of this story into a short film released under the same title
that has been selected by film festivals in the USA and the UK (2015/6).

But there’s so much more to this extraordinary tale: In September 1915,
Miss Dorothy Lawrence cycles from London to France before disguising
herself as a soldier and mingling with the sappers laying mines under No
Man’s Land. Once revealed, her mere presence causes explosions of a very
different kind. Now in 1919, she is ready to relate her unusual adventures.
Presenting Angela Ferns in the role of Dorothy Lawrence.

Buy Tickets Here

 or call Us on 020 7207 4585, no extra charge over the phone!
Tickets: £10
 

Beowulf
Jan
31
8:00 pm20:00

Beowulf

Fireside Reading of Beowulf by Seamus Heaney.

One of greatest epic poems in Old English translated by Seamus Heaney and read by Tea House's poets.

Come and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere near the fireside listening to a fantastic reading of a classic tale of the triumph of good over evil.

Buy ticket here

Or call on 0207 207 4585, no extra charge over the phone!

Ticket £10

SE11 SESSIONS
Jan
30
8:30 pm20:30

SE11 SESSIONS

Jazz. Soul. Funk. Jam.

SE11 Sessions are back with their new arrangement.

Enjoy an evening of a New Year's New Tunes.

Tickets on the door £5/ free for musicians.