What We Do

We inspire, delight and change the lives of the children and young people of Peckham and South London through the power of the Performing Arts.  Founded nearly 30 years ago, by Teresa Early, Theatre Peckham is a registered charity that has worked with thousands of young people, producing an original musical theatre repertoire of professional work and giving children an unforgettable experience.

We are supported by extraordinary Patrons, The Arts Council, Southwark Council, Trusts and Foundations and Individual and Corporate Supporters (see about us). We work both in schools and in our own fully equipped theatre. Every day we provide support and positive interventions into enabling our members to become part of the Theatre Peckham family, to find their unique voices and prepare them for fulfilling adult lives.

We support thousands of young people from one of the most deprived areas of London – with very low levels of engagement with the arts, libraries, museums and galleries.  Theatre Peckham is a much loved and highly accessible introduction to the performing arts. Some go onto pursuing a career within the various avenues across the arts i.e. Technical Theatre, Costume design / Wardrobe, as well as writer, actor, dancer and singer. We support young people who have been within the Theatre Peckham family to gain places at University and/or Drama School as well as encourage those who have grown to old for us to find new avenues to explore their talents.

We try never to turn away a child because of financial hardship, this is done through a bursary and concessionary price system. Therefore we are always fundraising to ensure we are an affordable extra activity on a child’s timetable!

john-boyega-press-releaseJohn Boyega - “As a graduate of the company, I am honoured to be in a position to give back to Theatre Peckham, beginning with the name a seat fundraising campaign which supports the theatre’s new home in Peckham. I admire Theatre Peckham’s continued mission to increase diversity in the creative industries, inspiring young people like myself to be the change we want to see in this industry.”

Sir Ian McKellen – “Organisations such as Theatre Peckham are invaluable.  They teach youngsters lessons that Patron - Sir Ian McKellenwill help them through life, such as self-discipline and teamwork, and communication skills.   I wish there had been a school like this when I was young – they are helping to develop some truly inspirational people.”

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    “The children are all really talented and I’m sure will have great futures. We will certainly work with Theatre Peckham again” National Theatre Casting