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COLOUR HOUSE Theatre, Merton SW19 ( seats  70) On the river, At Merton Abbey Mills. A community theatre feel, offering some fun kids shows and a few other bits and bobs. The Monthy Blues gig is quite popular.  South Wimbledon tube

THE EXCHANGE TWICKENHAM ( seats 300) This venue is ran by St Mary’s Uni. They deliver a truly broad programme, Drama, Film, Comedy, Music…..It’s probably easier to talk about whats not on offer, actually. Courses and workshops a go-go, too. Twickenham  NR  

NEW WIMBLEDON theatre, SW19 (seats 1670/ studio 80) All the trimmings you’d expect from a quality receiving house. Musicals, Tributes, the odd play, some dance shows. Big variety on offer  Wimbledon tube, NR and Tramlink

ORANGE TREE ( seats 180) Paul Miller has been attracting new audiences for a little while now, with fresh and relevant works. A few transfers in the bag later, there’s usually a good night at the theatre to be had here. Next door to the Orange Tree pub, bit busy when the Rugby’s on 3 minutes Richmond tube and NR

OSO Arts Centre  Barnes SW13  ( seats 74) This Arts Centre provides Barnes with a great variety of entertainment. Plays, Spoken word, Talks, classes….and, of course, PANTO. Delve into the Arts. On-site cafe for nibbles and the odd drink or two, good crowd.   Barnes, Barnes Bridge both NR

POLKA CHILDREN’S THEATRE, Wimbledon SW19  ( seats 300/ studio 70) Theatre aimed exclusively at children. A great day out for the younguns, be it seeing a show or engaging in a workshop. Polka produce shows they tour as well, so see it here first !  Wimbledon tube, NR and Tramlink

PUPPET THEATRE BARGE, Richmond. Moored in Little Venice for most of the year, floating down to Richmond to entertain children and adults alike for the summer period. 50 seat puppetry performance space on a converted barge. A range of works, from classic children’s tales to Shakespeare and Lorca adaptations. Delightful, intimate with

occasional magic.   Richmond tube

PUTNEY ARTS CENTRE, SW15 ( seats155/ 46) From its home in the Old Union Church, Putney Arts provides the local community with an artist outlet. Open auditions, multiple shows and performances. Worth a look if you live nearby or visiting the area and fancy some community theatre. Putney tube

RICHMOND THEATRE ( seats 840) A Frank Matcham Theatre, ran by ATG. A classic receiving house with most shows staying for a week or so, big mix of Touring Theatre, Comedy, Musicals. Just round the corner from the Orange Tree  5 minutes Richmond tube and NR 

ROSE THEATRE, Kingston  ( seats 900) Mainly more Classic plays but trying to inject more new works of late. Interspaced with some Comedy, Dance, Exhibitions et al. Lovely building, still shining since opening in 2008. Good food on-site   Norbiton and Hampton Wick NR 

THEATRE 503 at the Latchmere pub , Battersea SW11 ( seats 65) Great reputation as a launchpad and platform for emerging and growing talent. Their writers programme is cracking. Show-wise, the odd corker.   Clapham Junction NR