- Pentameters Theatre
name = Pentameters Theatre
country = UK
latitude = 51.3321
longitude = 0.1042
capacity = 60
opened = October
website = The Pentameters Theatre was founded in 1968 and is still run by artistic director Leonie Scott-Matthews, a well known
Hampsteadresident. It is a 60-seat venue and is a fringe theatre in the London Borough of Camden, located above the Three Horseshoes public housein Hampstead. The theatre has a reputation for producing revivals, poetry, music events and cutting-edge new plays in particular.
History of the Theatre
The theatre began in a disused skittle alley in the basement of the Freemason's Arms,
Hampstead, in August 1968. It moved to an open air site and also to the Haverstock Arms before moving to its present location in October 1971. It was founded to present poets reading their work in an informal theatrical pub setting. The many authors to appear at Pentameters include Dannie Abse, Fleur Adcock, Kingsley Amis, George Barker, Ivor Cutler, Margaret Drabble, William Empson, Ruth Fainlight, Elaine Feinstein, John Heath- Stubbs, Adrian Henri, Michael Hamburger, John Horder, Michael Horovitz, Libby Houston, Black Gallagher, Ted Hughes, James Kirkup, Fran Landesman, Laurie Lee, Christopher Logue, Edward Lucie-Smith, George Macbeth, Roger McGough, Adrian Mitchell, Edna O'Brien, Brian Patten, Peter Porter, Vernon Scannell, Stevie Smith, Stephen Spender, Jon Stallworthy, John Wain, Heathcote Williamsand the psychologist R. D. Laing.
The theatre has also played host to many performers at the start of their careers, including Robyn Archer, Joanna Dunham,
Adrian Edmundson, French and Saunders, Nigel Havers, Celia Imrie, Cheryl Kennedy, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Jenny Seagrove, Pamela Stephensonand Alexei Sayle.
Theatrical presentations began in 1969 with performances, plays and readings by
John Ardenand Margaretta D'Arcy, Rosalinde Fuller, Ronald Hayman, Bernard Kops, David Pinner, Harold Pinter, Clive Swift, Anthony Thwaite, Miles Tredinnick, Micheline Wandor, Henry Woolf, regular weekly appearances by Keith Johnstone's "Theatre Machine" (the precursor of "TheatreSports") and productions including Richard Huggett's "The First Night of Pygmalion"; John Harding and John Burrows' "For Sylvia"; William Humble's "Do It Yourself"; "Black Notes", Jon Silkin's play on Ivor Gurney; and the British premieres of Tristan Tzara's "Handkerchief of Clouds", and Tennessee Williams' "Auto-Da-Fe".
Transfers have included Royce Ryton's "The Other Side of the Swamp", which transferred to the King's Head and the
Phoenix Theatre; Stewart Permutt's first professionally produced play When I Grow Too Old to Scream, which transferred to the New End Theatreand subsequently for two special performances at the Dominion Theatre; "The Sensualist", which transferred to the Arts Theatre; and the American play "70 Scenes of Halloween" to the BAC.
In recent years, Pentameters theatre has become primarily known for its productions of classic revivals, mainly by the touring company Traffic of the Stage, including John Edmunds' sell-out new translation of
Molière's " The Misanthrope" with Finty Williams, "One Person" with Michael Deacon, the award-winning production of Yeats' plays, and the award-winning new play "Steinberg's Day of Atonement".
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