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Camden People’s Theatre has been making theatre in Camden for 23 years – over which time it has worked with a range of extraordinary artists.

Many have gone on to establish highly successful and influential theatre careers in the UK and beyond. Examples include: Fevered Sleep, the Pacitti Company, Ridiculusmus, Shunt, Analogue, Made In China, Scottee – and many more.

Camden People’s Theatre was founded in 1994, initially as a splinter group from Unity Theatre, by a collective of artists that included Sheridan Bramwell, Shaun Glanville, Lynne Kendrick and others.

It occupied what was once the Palmerston pub on Hampstead Road, and initially focused on making non-text-based theatre productions at affordable prices and with an international flavour, alongside workshops and classes in the local community.

In the intervening years, directors of CPT have included Olivia Jacobs, Chris Goode and Matt Ball.

From 2011-14, CPT’s co-directors were Brian Logan and Jenny Paton, under whose leadership Camden People’s Theatre consolidated its excellent reputation for supporting young and emerging artists in the field of unconventional theatre, and for attracting a consistently young audience (67% of CPT’s attenders are under 34).

Our mission statement is “to support early-career artists making unconventional theatre – particularly those whose work explores issues that matter to people now”.

We’re interested in anyone – particularly early-career artists – making theatre in genuinely new ways, even more so if their work has social, cultural or political pertinence to the world in 2017.
Since 1997, CPT has programmed the annual Sprint festival, London’s biggest and best festival of new and unusual theatre.

Since 2011, it has also run the unique artist development / peer network programme Starting Blocks. Recent programming successes include:

Calm Down, Dear: a festival of feminism (autumn 2013-16), the UK’s only festival of innovative feminist performance. Inaugural event featured Bridget Christie’s award-winning A Bic for Her and Louise Orwin’s Pretty Ugly, an electrifying documentary-theatre project developed at CPT and featured extensively in the global media throughout its run.

Second CDD festival (Sept-Oct 2014) headlined by Sh!t Theatre’s hit Women’s Hour and Fuel Theatre’s ‘live performance garden’ event Phenomenal People

  • Common Wealth Theatre’s Amnesty Award-winning site-specific event about domestic violence, given its London premiere in a co-production with CPT and Camden council
  • Don Quijote by Emma Frankland and Keir Cooper, developed at CPT, selected for the prestigious British Council Showcase 2013, and programmed as the headline show in our Hard to Resist: short, sharp festival of protest in January 2014.
  • No Milk for the Foxes, in a co-production with Beats + Elements, headlined our May 2015 festival ‘The State We’re In’. Its successful three-week run raised provoking questions about class representation in theatre – and beyond.
  • Licensed to Ill – our co-production, with Adam El Hagar and Simon Maeder, of the Beastie Boys-themed hiphop theatre event sold out over four weeks in December 2015.
  • ‘Whose London Is It Anyway?’ – CPT’s hugely successful January 2016 festival exploring regeneration and the London housing crisis
  • ‘All the Right Notes’, a pioneering autumn 2016 festival dedicated to gig-theatre and otherwise innovative music/theatre collaborations
  • ‘Hotbed: a Festival of Sex’ – our April/May 2017 festival showcasing three weeks of extraordinary and imaginative theatrical approaches to sex and sexuality, headlined by Louise Orwin’s Oh Yes Oh No.


In 2014-15, we celebrated our twentieth birthday with a year-long strand of work under the CPT@20 banner – including the launch of the People’s Theatre Award, an all-new commission for projects that best combine innovation with popular appeal.

The winning project, Emily Lim and Gameshow’s Grown Up, premiered at CPT in autumn 2016.

Also in 2016, CPT launched an all-new Camden Youth Theatre programme in collaboration with the Fitzrovia Community Centre and New Diorama Theatre.

For more info on CYT, click here. That same year, CPT was nominated as Best UK Fringe Venue in The Stage Awards; and Brian Logan (AD) and Amber Massie-Blomfield (ED) were nominated in the Best Artistic Director category at the Off West End Awards.

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  • Monday 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday 10am-6pm
  • Thursday 10am-6pm
  • Friday 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 10am-6pm

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