I’d walked past the Southwark Playhouse a few times before and been sufficiently intrigued but never ventured in. I’m so glad I was finally brought here on a date the other week as it’s a real find. It’s recently been refurbished and so offers a new bar with that trendy urban feel to it and a beautifully intimate theatre.
We’d come to see Farragut North, a political play about the ruthlessness of the political game. Believe me, the thought of a play about politics wouldn’t normally thrill me but I have to admit I was pretty gripped throughout. The best thing about this place is that it’s so intimate. The play was done in the round, and there were only about 6 rows of raised seats on each side so wherever you’re sitting, you’ll have a fantastic view and really feel part of the experience.
We spent the interval chatting in the bar, which by the way is really well priced. Two gin and tonics cost £7 and you can take drinks back into the theatre. I normally spend the interval standing in the obligatory massive toilet queue before downing a drink and heading back to the show. But here, as the theatre is so small compared to west end shows, there was no queue and plenty of time to enjoy the bar before heading back to the show with a fresh drink.
After thoroughly enjoying the second half, we were just about to head out before we heard that the audience was invited to stay for a Q&A with the actors, director and producer. We decided to stay on and make the most of it, racking our brains to think of a question. We never did think of anything to ask, but luckily for us of other people in the audience had plenty to say, giving us the chance to sit back and enjoy the lively debate.
At just £14 a ticket the whole experience was thoroughly worth it. Less than half the price of a west end show and I enjoyed it just as much.