“British theatre would completely stymied without tiny, under-resourced venues such as CPT, which are a critical part of the theatre ecology.” Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor, January 2019
Our mission is to support young and emerging artists making inventive new theatre – particularly about issues that matter to people right now. By doing so, we will champion different ways of thinking about and living in the world. Our work is rooted in the communities of Camden and London more widely, and through it, we celebrate the bold, the spirited and the unconventional. By presenting a diverse range of voices and perspectives on our stage, our work speaks to an audience reflective of the makeup of the UK.
What we programme – and how
Under the artistic leadership of Brian Logan, we have prioritised innovative theatre and performance that addresses the issues that matter to people now, ensuring the theatre on our stages reaches a wide audience and contributes to an industry with the power to make change.
CPT works to a festival-driven programming model, whereby we stage 3-4 festivals annually, often themed around issues of social, political or cultural currency. We programme these festivals in part through open call for submissions – advertised on this website and distributed widely.
Around these festivals, we stage an (almost) year-round curated programme of the best new theatre we can find from the country’s most distinctive independent artists – particularly those who’re early in their career. The length of a run at CPT can vary from 1 – 3 nights to one-week runs to (less frequently) three-week runs. If you’re interested in being part of our curated programme, you should:
- Email us with information about your project
- Include documentation, video footage, reviews & testimonies where possible
- Invite us to sharings, open rehearsals, etc as appropriate
Please note: We are not a new writing venue and tend not to programme work made according to the usual writer / director / actor hierarchies.
We try and see as much work as we can. If we can’t make it, we try and send someone on our behalf. To find out the best way to invite us to see your show, check out our dedicated page here.
Artist support is central to everything we do at CPT. We’re not a theatre that does a bit of artist support on the side. It’s our priority, and our public programme of work springs from it. To find out how we support artists and for more information about our structured support schemes, such as our Starting Blocks programme or seed commission tailored for artists of colour, head to our Artist Development Opportunities page here.
Work that features in our curated seasons of work is usually programmed on the basis of a box-office split – usually 60/40 in artists’ favour.
The best way to find out about our programming is to join us for an evening and catch some shows. Browse our full programme here.
Outside of our curated programme, we also hire out our theatre and rehearsal space. For longer hires (1 week or more), our availability is best between June and August. However, we’re always happy to hear from you. Head to our Hire Us page to find out more info.