Tristan Bates Theatre


Opened in 1994, the Tristan Bates Theatre is dedicated to the memory of Tristan Bates, son of Actors Centre patron Sir Alan Bates, an aspiring actor who died at the age of 19.

An intimate studio theatre, the TBT has an acclaimed history of showcasing and supporting the best new work in the heart of Covent Garden. Over the past two decades the theatre has presented an extensive catalogue of performances and events spanning a wide range of genres. These include Jonathan Lewis’ smash

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Support Us

'The TBT is a key lifeline for all theatre artists seeking a space dedicated to the promotion of new writing. As such, it deserves all the help going from every moneyed source on the theatrical planet.' Trevor Griffiths

The Tristan Bates Theatre is part of the Actors Centre which is a registered charity. There are many ways in which individuals and organisations can support our work, for example by leaving a legacy, donating goods or services, or sponsoring individual productions.


For just £95, you can now name a seat in the Tristan Bates Theatre! 

Naming a seat is a unique, personal way to support us and the actors and artists we nurture, while helping us continue to invest in the TBT following our recent capital project.

In your name, in memory of a loved one, or as a gift for someone special, your donation will help us support the UK’s most exciting, dynamic artists.

In fantastic company with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Michael Frayn among those already signed up, you’ll also  be helping fellow theatre-lovers enjoy shows from the comfort of our new seats!



For a more information on naming a seat, or other ways to support us, please contact the Development Department on

Registered Charity Number: 275934

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Chief Executive

Louise Coles


Matthew Keeler

Marketing and Communications Manager

Hatty Evans

Finance Officer

Humphrey Waterhouse

Theatre Technical Manager

Patrick O'Sullivan

Operations Manager

Harry Kinsley

Job Vacancies

Ticketing Terms & Conditions

Tristan Bates Theatre (TBT) reserves the right to make alterations to the advertised time, programme or cast without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.

Tickets cannot be refunded unless a performance is officially cancelled. If a performance is cancelled ticket holders will be offered alternative performances (subject to availability) or a refund of the actual price paid for the seat(s). TBT will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by customers in the event of a cancelled performance.

Every member of the audience, including children, must be in possession of a valid ticket in order to gain entrance to the theatre.

Any comments or complaints regarding the view from a seat or audibility of the performance should be made promptly to a member of Tristan Bates Theatre management before or during the performance. Tristan Bates Theatre management will endeavour to offer an alternative seat for the same performance, only in the event that this should be possible.

TBT reserves the right to refuse admission in reasonable circumstances. Any customers who are intoxicated or disruptive, abusive or violent to theatre staff, audience members or performers will be ejected from the theatre. In such circumstances, no refund of tickets will be given.

In the interests of other customers, parents or guardians may be asked to remove noisy or disruptive children.

Mobile phones, pagers, digital watches, laser pens or any other electronic equipment should be disabled when inside the auditorium to avoid disturbing the cast and other customers.

Latecomers will only be admitted to the auditorium at a suitable break in the performance, but admission cannot always be guaranteed and refunds or exchanges for an alternative performance will not be permitted. Should a customer leave the auditorium for any reason during the performance, re-entry shall not be granted until a suitable break in the performance, at the discretion of Tristan Bates Theatre management. The stage of some productions may mean that a suitable break does not occur until the interval, or not at all if there is not an interval. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable, subject to availability and at the sole discretion of TBT.

The use of photographic and other recording equipment is strictly prohibited in the auditorium. TBT reserves the right to delete any unauthorised recordings and to eject any customers who are suspected of making recordings in the theatre.

Customers may not bring food or drink into the building other than items purchased at the theatre bar. TBT reserves the right to refuse to serve alcohol to any customer that appears to be intoxicated and to ask for proof of age prior to serving alcohol.

Security searches may be conducted and TBT thanks customers in advance for the co-operation in helping us to ensure the safety of all customers.

Performances may be recorded on occasion. Ticket holders automatically consent to the filming or sound recording of themselves as audience members. If you have any objections to being filmed or recorded please contact a member of the Tristan Bates Theatre management before the performance begins.

TBT does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage of any personal property.

English law and jurisdiction shall exclusively govern all of the above terms and conditions.

We request that wheelchair users or ticket holders with mobility or access concerns contact TBT in advance of their visit to the theatre to ensure the relevant space and assistance is prepared for their visit. Tristan Bates Theatre management cannot guarantee that wheelchair space will be available in the theatre unless pre-booked. Please call the box office on 020 3841 6611 to arrange this or if you would like to discuss any access requirements.

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