Discovering London’s Theatres: New Diorama Theatre

One of the things that makes the Stagedoor community stand out from the crowd is the desire to stay ahead of the curve – to seek out the most exciting artists making work in our city.

In London’s thriving theatre eco-system there are few better spots for discovering theatre makers on the rise than New Diorama Theatre. NDT specialises in finding brand new theatre companies and launching them into the stratosphere.

London is lucky that it has quite a few theatres that make an effort to nurture new writers – far more so than most big theatre cities – but the founders of New Diorama Theatre recognised that companies are often overlooked. That’s why, almost ten years ago, NDT was founded as the first theatre dedicated to collaborative ensembles. They take a risk on them, give them the space and resources to develop and then champion their work when it’s ready.

They’ve had a host of phenomenal successes lately; including Operation Mincemeat, Dinomania, Queens of Sheba, The War of the Worlds, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True and 4.48 Psychosis. Our critic, Lyn Gardner, called the New Diorama “contemporary theatre’s most significant enabler of new talent” – and it’s no surprise they won The Stage newspaper’s 2019’s Innovation Award.

If you’re new to New Diorama Theatre, and this has piqued your interest, we recommend you head to their profile on the app and give them a follow. Or – if you’re already a regular there – you should go a step further and build a habit of following the companies who you discover there. The next time they have a show on in London, whether it’s at NDT or elsewhere, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about it.

Coming up at New Diorama Theatre over the next few weeks we have an hit from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – Art Heist – a comedy caper that leaves you “leaves you grinning and scratching your head” according to the Guardian. Following that is 4.48 Psychosis – the acclaimed revival of Sarah Kane’s haunting play about mental health. It was one of the big successes of 2018 and is returning for two weeks before their new year of new programming begins in earnest.

Situated right by Warren Street station, this is definitely a theatre to check out. And their next two shows are great ones to catch if you’re new to the theatre.