Pulling Focus Ltd produces in-house shows making it one of the few theatre companies to do so, in a studio theatre, with no central funding. In 2009, we saw New Boy (a co-production at the Tabard Theatre back in April 2008) transfer to the West End, our Christmas 2009 hit show The Famous Five is currently being reworked for a major UK tour and most recently Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella became our biggest Box Office success to date.
In recent years, we have developed strong relationships with comedy agents and are regularly used as a venue for comedians such as Al Murray, Russell Howard, Chris Addison and Dara O'Briain. During the day, we are used for photo/film shoots, rehearsals and training.
We also run a thriving intern scheme and hold workshops for young aspiring performers. We also have a growing number of 'Friends and Angels' of the Tabard Theatre who support the theatre financially and enjoy further benefits.
The Tabard Theatre continues to expand its work, to update and renovate the venue and to provide a great theatrical experience.
The Tabard Theatre opened in 1985 above the Tabard Pub, a popular and historic local landmark. It quickly built a strong reputation for new writing. However, the theatre now hosts all kinds of live entertainment from classical adaptations to new musical works and contemporary revivals. It enjoys the support of a loyal local audience and, thanks to its location, visitors from all over London. Over the years the Tabard Theatre has played a key role in the development of London Theatre, highly acclaimed for its professional work and extremely popular within the community of West London.
In 2005 the theatre was taken over by Pulling Focus Ltd and has now been extensively refurbished, technically upgraded and the seating capacity extended, making it one of the most welcoming and well equipped studio theatres in the capital.