Seating capacity: 63
A brief history: Whilst the venue dates back to 1982, the name Theatre503 came into existence in 2002. Since then it’s become known for its efforts to nurture new writing, even running its own international writers prize every two years that has attracted entrants from all around the world.
Why we love it: Theatre503 is a little gem of a place if you love your theatre with a big bite of social commentary. It may be have just 63 seats, and not even seats, it’s benches, but it sure punches well above its size. It is a place to see exciting new writing, most of which has a large dose of real life included. Expect gritty social drama and exciting new writing. Recent productions have covered topics such as the black lives matters movement, terrorism, aboriginal abuse, and even street artistry.
And if that isn’t enough, it’s above a wonderful pub so you can discuss the topics raised in the play afterwards over a relaxing drink.
What’s the seating like? We ain’t going to lie to you, this is not the most comfy of venues. It’s unreserved wooden bench seating, and you’ll likely need to be friendly with your neighbours when it’s full.
Stage and visibility: A nice traditional layout, seats are banked well, so in general you can see the stage perfectly. If there are taller people in front of you, you might not be able to see the low level but unless an actor is lying down, you aren’t going to miss much.
Things you should know: It might only hold 63 people, but when it’s full the lobby area can get very packed.
Accessibility info: There are stairs, unavoidable stairs. A little staircase to get from pub to lobby, another set of stairs to get from lobby to venue entrance and then once you get inside the theatre there are stairs leading down through the seating. As much as we love this place, there is no denying it isn’t going to win awards for its accessibility.
Does it have a bar or do food? The Latchmere pub is spacious, and with outside space. Even if you aren’t coming to the theatre we’d recommend the pub. They have a full menu and it’s always busy when we’re here for a play.
What have we seen there lately? Just click here to see the shows we’ve reviewed at Theatre503
How to get here: Train is the easiest if you can make it to Clapham Junction. From there it’s a simple litttle walk of about ten minutes. Or if you don’t fancy the walk, buses galore (49, 319, 344 or 345).
If you’re coming by tube, you can get buses from Sloane Square (319), South Kensington (49 or 345) or Vauxhall (344).
Whichever route you take, the place even has it’s own stop at The Latchmere
Box office: 020 7978 7040