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The Soho Theatre is a theatre in the eponymousmarker Soho district of the City of Westminstermarker. It presents new works of theatre, together with comedy and cabaret.

The theatre is also home to a Writers' Centre, which provides support to new writers, aimed at developing writers to work in theatre as well as film, TV and radio. The Centre accepts unsolicited scripts sent by budding writers.

The theatre has stand-up comedy, cabaret, and performance programmes. It often features newer comedians of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as established comedians such as Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand working on new material.

Soho Theatre Company

The Soho Theatre Company was formed in 1969 by Verity Bargate and Fred Proud, and intially performed at a venue in Old Compton Street. Soon, the company moved to the Soho Poly, where it would remain for eighteen years.

In 1990, the Soho Theatre Company entered a brief migrational period, where it visited the venues of the Royal Court, Riverside Studios, and the ICA. Falling into a slow decline, the company was revitalized when it took up residence at the Cockpit Theatremarker of Marylebone, from 1993-1995. During this "renaissance", they expanded their now famous Writers' Development programme, and premiered the works of over 35 new writers.

The building in Dean Streetmarker opened in 2000, with a 140 seat auditorium and an 85/100 seat studio plus a small performance bar overlooking the street and Cafe Lazeez, an Indian restaurant and bar occupying the ground floor.

Its current artistic director is Lisa Goldman, formerly artistic director of radical, new writing company The Red Room.


Soho Poly period

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