About Seven Dials Playhouse
Seven Dials Playhouse is the West End’s home for the development of professional theatre and artists. A 100-seater venue, Seven Dials Playhouse presents a year-round programme of world-class quality theatre consisting of contemporary text-based plays and musicals, as well as an Associated Programme of events which respond directly to the themes of each production.
With a focus on World/European/UK/London premieres, revivals and adaptations, Seven Dials Playhouse creates opportunities for people to collaborate on bold, creative and high-quality work while providing journeys of enlightenment and entertainment for artists and audiences alike.
Seven Dials Playhouse is a rebrand of The Actors Centre, following an extensive overhaul of its programming structure and business model. Opening up the organisation to appeal to the entire creative industry will mark the theatre as a truly inclusive and open organisation. Seven Dials Playhouse is a relevant, dynamic and exciting organisation that responds to what the industry needs today.
Andrew Subramaniam (Acting Chair)
Full time (40 hours) / Fixed term – 12 months (with the possibility to extend)
£35,000 per year, depending on experience
Seven Dials Playhouse is the West End’s home for the development of professional theatre and artists. With a flexible 100-seater theatre, 50-seater studio theatre, and rehearsal studios, in the heart of the west end of London, Seven Dials Playhouse presents a year-round programme of world-class quality theatre. This consists of contemporary text, plays, and new writing, as well as an Associated Programme of workshops, masterclasses, debates, and events created in tandem with, and responding directly to, the themes of each production.
The ethos of Seven Dials Playhouse is centred on support for all professional artists, and creatives, a house of play to do exactly that. The building is open six days a week, 12 hours a day as a safe space in the heart of London for all professional artists, and creatives to network, to gather, to be.
The model is centred on the idea of collaboration, we facilitate opportunities for those working/wanting to work in the industry to be successful, those measures of success are self-defined hence communication/collaboration is key.
We present an eclectic mix of original, evocative, diverse, and challenging work that attracts a wide and varied audience. Our first season (February-June 2022) received critical acclaim, and several four- and five-star reviews.
Seven Dials Playhouse is a rebrand of The Actors Centre (established 1978), following an extensive overhaul of its business model and programming. As part of this we have disbanded the membership. This means that anyone who wants to use the space is more than welcome and encouraged.
Seven Dials Playhouse is both a limited company (1353824) and registered charity (275934). The organisation is not publicly subsidised hence our business model is derived from theatre, workshop, masterclasses, seminars, studio, and corporate hires, ticket sales, and bar income. We are about to embark on a fundraising and development journey with the implementation of a new strategy that seeks to diversify the current income model. This role will be instrumental in helping to achieve these aims.
Our Vision is a world leading theatre industry that is understood, needed, and valued by the general public.
Our Mission is to be the West End’s creative home for the development of professional theatre, artists, and creatives. We will do this by creating opportunities and possibilities for people to collaborate on bold, challenging, high-quality work.
We are looking for a passionate Head of Programming to work in collaboration with artists, and creatives, to curate/deliver an ongoing artistic programme.
The role will provide the opportunity to work creatively, and as part of the Senior Management Team (SMT) with our Chief Executive and Head of Marketing and Communications, to deliver impactful and high-quality theatre productions and oversee the Associated Programme.
You will have a thorough understanding of artistic and/or commercial theatre, excellent knowledge of the industry, a good reputation and network of contacts. Negotiation skills and a sound grasp of finance are essential, together with the ability to work under pressure. You will be able to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, and be comfortable working with people at/from all levels, backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. The ability to build and maintain relationships is essential, as is a strong interest, or track record, of working within a theatre/arts organisation.
You will have an eye for creative opportunity, a flair for business and the ability to lead, support and work alongside a wide range of artists, and creatives, in a demanding environment. You will be central to our continued growth and have substantial creative freedom to shape Seven Dials Playhouse’s artistic programme.
This is an exciting time to be joining the organisation in a senior role during an exciting phase of change and redevelopment.
Deadline for applicants – 10am, Tuesday 30th August 2022
Interviews, in person or via Zoom – Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th September 2022 (*we will agree a time to meet within this period as opposed to you needing to be available for the entire three days. If you are unable to attend an interview during this week, please note this within your application).
To apply please send a CV and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) to email@example.com.
For more information, please download the full job description below.
Should you want to talk through any of this role in advance of the deadline, please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a time to talk.
Submitting Your Work to Seven Dials Playhouse
With a focus on new writing, European/UK/London premieres, revivals and adaptations, Seven Dials Playhouse provides creates opportunities for people to collaborate on bold, creative and high quality work.
Each production at Seven Dials Playhouse runs from 4 - 6 weeks. If you have an exciting project that you think would suit our venue, please fill in the form below.
We are always interested to hear from established or newly emerging theatre companies and artists who are looking for studio spaces whether it's for auditions, R&D, rehearsals, workshops or private events.
When not in use for the Associated Programme, the studios at Seven Dials Playhouse are available to book by the hour. Hourly rates are available for creative freelancers, between 11am and 6pm.
Our ideal West End location makes it a perfect space for different needs. For corporate bookings, workshops or longer rehearsal periods, a bespoke package will be created. We can offer other services, such as catering and drinks, depending on your requirements. Please contact email@example.com
Dimensions: 30ft x 16ft
Capacity: 60 Seated
Studio 1 is our largest rehearsal space and can accommodate a number of space set ups. With a mirrored wall, semi-sprung floors and sound system, this space is particularly suitable for workshops, dance and musical theatre.
It can also be used for closed sharings, large meetings, small conferences, private events, amongst others.
Tables, chairs, sofas, and piano can be provided in the space.
Dimensions: 21 ft x 20 ft
Capacity: 30 Seated
Studio 2 is the perfect space for rehearsals, R&D sessions, readings and auditions. It has acoustic panelling, and tables, chairs and a piano are available upon request.
Dimensions: 29ft x 22ft
Capacity: 60 seated
Our Studio Theatre is a black box space, perfectly adaptable to different needs, from sharings and performances, to workshops, parties, and training.
Dimensions: 10ft x 15ft
The vocal studio is our most intimate space and is popular for singing, small auditions, one to ones, and meetings. The space is fully soundproofed and piano can be provided.
Other technical equipment is available to hire for an additional fee.