About us

“a founding father of today's fringe theatre” (The Guardian)

For the past 50 years Ovalhouse has been a home to experimental, radical and overlooked artists seeking to make theatre and performance that speaks to a world beyond the mainstream.

We have been a hotbed of artistic activism and fomented revolutionary thought, and in the five decades since we began, Ovalhouse has seen the social and artistic ideals it has aspired to become widely accepted as the model for a better society.

We have sheltered social and political movements staffed by the stage and screen stars of the future, pursued an unerring agenda for positive artistic, political and social change and, once, stabled a live donkey in the Theatre Upstairs.

Ovalhouse stands on a proud history and continues to be a vital home for boundary-pushing art and artists with an eye on the future.



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The Road to Brixton! Ovalhouse on the move…

Our building on Kennington Oval is steeped in history and resonates with the lives and stories of so many people. But we are planning to leave it... MORE

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Ovalhouse celebrates 50 years: further links

A Younger Theatre