Tristan Bates Theatre


The John Thaw Initiative in assocation with Actors Awareness

The Actors Centre is delighted to be running the next season of the John Thaw Initiative in association with Actors Awareness, from January – March 2019.

The season will offer an opportunity for working class actors to have a platform to develop their work. Successful applicants will be granted 1 – 3 evenings in the John Thaw Studio at the Actors Centre to perform a work-in-progress piece to a paying audience, on a box office split deal. This is a fantastic opportunity to be able to experiment and garner feedback on performance pieces still in development, in a renowned central London venue, without any financial risk on venue hire costs.

This will be the fifth instalment of the John Thaw Initiative, and each season has gone from strength to strength. Following on from our current, hugely successful Blacktress Season¸ the Actors Centre is proud to be able to collaborate with Actors Awareness to empower and support working class actors who are looking for a platform to be heard. You can read more about Actors Awareness and their vital work HERE

We are looking for submissions from actors and performances artists who identify as working class. All selected pieces will be around the theme of ‘class’ – the interpretation of this theme is down to the discretion of the applicant.

Submissions are now open and will close at 12pm on Wednesday 14th November. To apply, please complete our John Thaw Initiative Submissions Form and email it to Actors Awareness' founder Tom Stocks on [email protected]

NB: Please note that the John Thaw Initiative is strictly for work-in-progress pieces only, i.e. rehearsed readings, scratches, short scenes, previews, etc. Fully-fledged, finished productions will not be considered.


Submit your production for consideration

An acclaimed, intimate studio theatre in central London, the Tristan Bates Theatre has a reputation for supporting and showcasing new writing, contemporary productions and work by regional and international companies. The venue offers an ideal destination for audiences in the heart of the West End and Covent Garden, alongside strong industry connections through the Actors Centre.

We're open to projects across a range of performance disciplines, and work closely with artists and companies across all areas of production to offer a level of support above and beyond a typical receiving house. We're interested in where you're going: what are the goals for this project and the one after that (and the one after that), and what role can we play in helping you achieve them?

We see the effects of this approach time and again when companies return to us with bigger and better visions - from development showings turning into full shows, to emerging companies premiering their first Arts Council funded projects and established companies returning with expanded ambitions.

We're part of the Actors Centre, the UK's leading organisation for the continual professional development of actors, and regularly integrate our theatre programme with workshops and industry events at the Actors Centre to generate the broadest exposure of the work and offer new insights to audiences. The Tristan Bates Theatre and the Actors Centre have a vision to support artists and companies not just to achieve the best possible work, but to develop on to the next stages of their careers. 

If you would like to submit a project for programming, please download and complete our Tristan Bates Submission Form and email it to Will on [email protected]

Please note that we operate primarily as a receiving house and so are not able to consider scripts that do not have producers attached.


Dark Day Hires

We occasionally have availability for one-off evening performances when our main programme is not running 6 nights a week. This is a superb opportunity for scratch nights, new company launches and similar projects. Rates start from £450. If interested, please email Will on [email protected]

Available dates:

Monday 21st January 2019

Monday 4th March 2019

Monday 11th March 2019

Monday 18th March 2019


Theatre Day Hire

The theatre is regularly available for hire during the day.

Our intimate theatre is the perfect size for rehearsed readings and showcases. Our central location means that invited audiences find it easy to attend. Our reasonable rates for performance hires make us a great London venue for small scale national tours in order to get that all important press coverage.

With over 10,000 People visiting our theatre in the last year we are a well known venue in the acting community, wider industry and public alike. Our welcoming Green Room Cafe Bar makes a comfortable environment for conversations to continue, and catering can be provided for any occasion.

For availability requests, please email Will at [email protected]