Menier Chocolate Factory

Menier Chocolate Factory

Coordinates: 51°30′18″N 0°05′50″W / 51.5051°N 0.0972°W / 51.5051; -0.0972

Menier Chocolate Factory

Exterior of the theatre
Address 51/53 Southwark Street
City London
Country  United Kingdom
Capacity 180
Type fringe theatre
Opened 2004

The Menier Chocolate Factory is an award-winning 180 seat fringe studio theatre, restaurant and gallery. It is located in a former 1870s Menier Chocolate Company factory in Southwark Street, a major street in the London Borough of Southwark, central south London, England. The theatre stages plays and musicals, live music and stand-up comedy. According to the Evening Standard, it is "one of the most dynamic fringe venues in London".[1]

The theatre hosted the world premiere of the musical Take Flight.

In autumn 2007, Samuel West directed an acclaimed revival of Patrick Marber's Dealer's Choice, which then transferred to the Trafalgar Studios. Stephen Wight, who played the comedy role of Mugsy won the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in November 2007.

A London revival of La Cage aux Folles was to have begun in November 2007 but the opening was delayed by illness until 8 January 2008. It then ran at the Menier until 8 March 2008.[2]



The Menier Chocolate Factory was opened in 2004 in its current incarnation, the building having been derelict since the 1980s. It is run by artistic director David Babani.[3] In 2005, he received the Peter Brook/Empty Space Up and Coming Venue Award. In the same year, he and Danielle Tarento jointly won the Evening Standard Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

Notable Productions

Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors
Forbidden Broadway set in 2009


External links

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