History

Theatre Delicatessen was created in 2007 by directors Jessica Brewster, Frances Loy, Roland Smith and producer Mauricio Preciado Awad.

Uzbekisthani Airways at Theatre Souk (c) Tim Hughes


Since then the company has staged a number full-scale theatre productions to significant critical acclaim – including Time Out Critics’ Choice Best of the Year 2009 for Pedal Pusher, and nominated for Best Production and Best Entertainment in the Off West End Theatre Awards 2010 for Theatre Souk.

In February 2011, Theatre Delicatessen was profiled in The Observer as one of the “Bright Young Things Changing British Theatre”

Over the last 4 years, Theatre Delicatessen has conceived, created and managed performance spaces in a derelict college building between Selfridges and St Christopher’s Place on the fringes of London’s Oxford Street, and a disused workshop at 295 Regents Street. In doing so, they have pioneered ongoing collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders in the commercial sector – through in-kind contribution of buildings, organising fundraising corporate events and donations.

This entrepreneurial approach – of approaching private companies as prospective collaborators, rather than simply as sponsors – has been an important part of the company’s success to date.

Philip Desmeules in Henry V at 35 Marylebone High Street (c) Lorna Palmer

Henry V at 35 Marylebone High Street (c) Lorna Palmer

In June 2012 the company unveiled a Falklands inspired Henry V, staged in the disused BBC London studios at 35 Marylebone High Street, which What’s On Stage described in a 5-star review as being “…studded with jaw-dropping moments.”

Most recently Theatre Delicatessen worked with the Bush Theatre to create Bush Bazaar – a theatrical marketplace that took over every inch of the new Bush Theatre building, incorporating 25 emerging theatre companies and over 100 performers.

Other main productions have included: Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley, directed by Frances Loy, The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, directed by Jessica Brewster, Pedal Pusher by written and directed by Roland Smith – which transferred to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tobacco Factory, Bristol and Norwegian Literary Festival in Lillehammer – and The Doll’s House by Henrick Ibsen, directed by Frances Loy – which transferred to Latitude Festival 2011.

Theatre Delicatessen has also created installation performances for the Big Chill Festival and the Old Vic Tunnels in support of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.