Press releases

Response to COVID 19 2nd April

COVID-19 statement from our Executive Director



Ovalhouse is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Deborah Bestwick, Director of Ovalhouse, said:
 ‘We were delighted to be able to take some of our young participants to the Patron’s Lunch, and to now be able to invest this gift in the future lives of young people who are amongst the most talented, and yet can face the most barriers to the arts and to employment, is a fantastic opportunity.’

Ovalhouse sad to lose Director of Participation Stella Barnes - but it’s not goodbye

Ovalhouse presents Brixton City Festival

Ovalhouse is pleased to announce the 2016 Brixton City Festival on 11th – 14th August: a celebration of Brixton with new artist commissions showcasing exciting performers.
One of the UK’s few commissioning theatres, Ovalhouse is moving to a new building in Brixton in 2018. Brixton City is an ambitious programme of creative residencies, community celebrations, public interventions and commissions that will take place between now and opening in 2018, launching this summer with Brixton City Festival.
Over the four days of the festival, audiences will enjoy unique theatrical experiences in everyday locations transformed into live performances to stumble across. A playground of theatre, circus, music, art and indescribable fun – Brixton City Festival has something for everyone.

Ovalhouse announces Owen Calvert-Lyons as new Head of Theatre & Artists’ Development

Ovalhouse is delighted to announce that Owen Calvert-Lyons will be joining the team as Head of Theatre & Artists’ Development.

For the past three years Owen has been Artistic Director of The Point and The Berry Theatres in Hampshire as well as director of the Eastleigh Unwrapped outdoor festival. During this time Owen has curated the Powered by The Point artist development programme, supporting artists to create twenty-five new productions every year.
Prior to this, Owen established Arcola Theatre’s award-winning Creative Learning Department, which he ran for four years. Owen has also worked for York Theatre Royal, The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Theatre Royal Plymouth and The National Association of Youth Theatres.

Ovalhouse awarded first stage of major Arts Council grant for a new theatre in Brixton


Thursday 7 January 2016

The legendary London arts centre Ovalhouse received a major boost today in its bid to relocate to a new purpose built home in the heart of Brixton. Arts Council England has announced an initial grant of £130,600 as the first stage of an overall £3 million large capital grant proposal to help facilitate the move. This comes hot on the heels of Lambeth Council’s unanimous decision at the end of last year to grant planning permission for the project and the announcement in September of Ovalhouse alumnus and former 007, Pierce Brosnan’s support of a fundraising campaign that will enable the move.

Ovalhouse Wins Planning Permission for New Brixton Home


Tuesday 16 December 2015

Last night, Lambeth Council took the decision to grant planning permission for the legendary London arts centre Ovalhouse to move to a purpose built new home in the heart of Brixton. This follows the announcement in September of former 007, Pierce Brosnan’s support of a fundraising campaign to make such a move possible and is seen as a major step towards his ambition. 

Ovalhouse has sat opposite The Oval Cricket Ground for the past fifty years and has been the home to experimental, radical and overlooked artists seeking to make theatre and performance that speaks to a world beyond the mainstream.  Since 2012 the organisation has been working with Lambeth Council when the council undertook a public consultation for a new development on the corner of Somerleyton Road and Coldharbour Lane.  As well as almost 300 homes, community and health facilities, a shop, social enterprise and training opportunities for young people Somerleyton Road project will include a theatre and cultural facility that will house the new Ovalhouse.