Chiswick Theatres

Chiswick Theatres Located in west London in the London Borough of Hounslow, Chiswick is where you will find Hogarth's House. The stately house was the home of 18th century artist William Hogarth. The neo-Palladian villa Chiswick House is also found in Chiswick, which is approximately 30 minutes west of Central London by tube. London's largest and oldest brewery, Fuller's Brewery, is also based in Chiswick. During the 20th century, the area had two important theatres. The Chiswick Empire welcomed theatregoers from 1912 to 1959, while the Q Theatre operated between 1924 and 1959. Although far from the West End, the area continues to maintain an important and innovative theatre.

Former Theatres in Chiswick

Located opposite Kew Bridge, the Q Theatre was once the Prince's Hall. The hall had been a swimming pool, roller-skating rink and a film studio before opening as a theatre in 1924. The name was a play on Kew. Its stage saw performances by West End legends, including Vivien Leigh, Dirk Bogarde, Joan Collins, Margaret Lockwood and Anthony Quayle, as well as playwrights Terence Rattigan and William Douglas Home. The Chiswick Empire was one of London's most versatile venues. The theatre hosted plays, revues and concerts, as well as an occasional ballet and opera. The building was the first music hall in Chiswick when it opened in 1912. Seating close to 2,000 people, the theatre was designed by Frank Matcham and featured a sliding roof. The Chiswick Empire theatre closed to make way for an office block in 1959. Performing on the 20 June, the last act at the storied theatre was Liberace.

The Tabard Theatre

Opened in 1985 and founded by playwrights led by Sheila Dewey, the Tabard Theatre has gained a reputation for showcasing new and experimental theatre. The Tabard also stages alternative comedy productions, hosting comedians such as Russell Brand, Russell Howard, Al Murray, Chris Addison, Dara O'Brien and Harry Hill. Since 2005, the Tabard Theatre has been operated by Pulling Focus Ltd. Recent productions at the Tabard Theatre have included Liza Liza Liza about the life of Liza Minnelli, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown starring Leanne Jones, and Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol. The intimate theatre has undertaken in-house productions since 2007, making it one of the few studio theatres in London to do so without central funding. In-house productions have included Wolfboy, Honk, The Mikado, The Famous Five and New Boy, which transferred to the West End. The Tabard Theatre is located on Bath Road, next to the Turham Green tube station on the District and Piccadilly lines. The venue is less than a 15 minutes' walk from Chiswick Park station, which is to the west of the theatre. The 96-seat theatre sits above the Tabard public house, which was built in 1880. The pub's interior maintains stunning arts and craft tiles by William De Morgan, as well as Art Nouveau fireplaces created by Walter Crane.