The Union Theatre, established in 1998, is a small fringe theatre, just a short walk from Southwark station on Union Street, London. Despite seventeen successful years and perhaps the most dominant presence in off-West End theatre, this week was to be our first visit to the small but perfectly formed '50 seater' under the railway bridge...
Prompting a new feature, #InTheSpotlight and breaking a two month hiatus on the blog, The Union's production of Our House, the Madness musical does much to deserve recognition for pulling off an ambitious vision in such an intimate space.
Our House at the Union Theatre. Photo by Darren Bell.
Any production would pose it's own difficulties to stage at the Union, due to limited space, but in particular William Whelton's dynamic choreography shows no limitation and is presented with an abundance of energy from an enthusiastic ensemble.
Our House makes our first recommendation this month because it proves wholeheartedly that in London, great theatre isn't just on Shaftesbury Avenue - here it's just a short hop across the river and at a fraction of the cost...
Tickets can be bought online here. Performances are close to selling out, with best availability mid week, so snap up those final tickets! It's useful to know that all pre-purchased tickets are traded for a numbered ticket on arrival. The audience is called into the auditorium in groups of ten, so get there early for the best seats. Below is everything you need to know:
Our House plays until Saturday 12 September with a running time of 2hrs 15 mins. Tickets are £20, concessions £17.
Cast List: Steven France, Alisa Davidson, Dominic Brewer, Sally Samad, Joseph Giacone, Joe Ashman, Claire Learie, Chanice Alexander-Burnett, Rhys Owen, Jay Osbourne, Joanna Bird, Alice Baker, Rachel Capp, Lauren Dinse, Reece Kerridge, Paul Flannigan, Zachary Worrall.
Directed by: Michael Burgen
Choreographed By: William Welton