Free Tickets for SE5 and SE17 Residents!

We have free tickets available for SE5 and SE17 residents to see Hurricane Diaries this week, and Ellipsis next week. Call us on 020 7701 0100 to book!

You can book up to two free tickets per season and if you're bringing somebody, they don't need to live in SE5 or SE17. We will ask to see proof of address for the booker and you may be asked to fill in a survey. Limited tickets available, so book now!

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About us

Blue Elephant Theatre produces an eclectic programme of new work across the performing arts from physical and dance theatre to new writing and revamped classics.

Staff members

Executive Director/Co-Artistic Director Niamh de Valera
Participation Director/Co-Artistic Director Jo Sadler-Lovett
General Manager Jimmy Chamberlain
Deputy Theatre Manager (Maternity Leave) Alice Gentle
Young People's Theatre Officer Louise Dickinson
Free to Act Officer Bianca Hutton-Wood
Speak Out Officer Jen Camillin
Creative Minds Officer Jacqui Livingston
Participation Assistant Daniella Connor
Technical Manager Stuart Glover
Trainee Producer & Events Manager Elizabeth Adejimi
Duty Managers Emma Barnie & Ben Ecclestone & Kome Ovuworie
Voluntary Duty Manager Leo Scalcione
Voluntary Website Co-Ordinator Will Voelcker
Theatre Volunteers Yousef Abu-Ghazalah, Rob Anderson, Sophie Brotherton, Anne Buffardi, Harriet Corke, Melanie Cunnane, Liam Elliston, Carol Field, Ollie Girdham
Theatre Volunteers (continued) Tom Hedges, Fitz Honger, Sarah Johnson, Sarah Ollivier, Andy Phipps, Cristiana Radulescu, & Jenny Skene, Justin Thomas, Lydia Paladina
Participation Volunteers Flourish Igwe, Remz, Sharan Clair & Karen Awane, Howard Coop
Young People's Mentor Amari Harris

External support

Photographers Lidia Crissafilli
IT Support One Stop Cloud and Oblong Live
Patrons Joanna Lumley, Radzi Chinyanganya and Maggie Alphonsi

Board of trustees

  • Matthew Craig
  • Martine Jean-Baptiste
  • Paul Langton
  • Chris Lawrence (Chair)
  • Harry Kinsley
  • Brian Beaton


The Blue Elephant Theatre was founded in 1999 by Antonio Ribeiro and is celebrating its 20th birthday in 2019! If you would like your show to be part of Blue Elephant's future history, please see our Info for Companies page about how to submit a show proposal to the Blue Elephant.

. Some notable past work includes:

  • Born African by multi-racial Zimbabwean company Over the Edge. This transferred to Battersea Arts Centre as part of their Time Out Critics' Choice season
  • 'Art in the Balkans', the first pan-Balkan season of theatre, film and visual art in London
  • Jaan Tatte's The Highway Crossing, the first Estonian play to be produced in the UK
  • Othello by Lazarus Theatre Company, winner of 'Best Fringe or Regional Play' at the Broadway World UK Awards
  • The World Premiere of The Cave by Mervyn Peake, celebrated author of Gormenghast
  • The first theatrical adaptation of Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet
  • First theatrical staging of Mervyn Peake’s Noah’s Ark, his only play for children. Shortlisted for an Off West End Award in 2011 for best production for young people.

We have nurtured many theatre-makers early in their careers including:

  • Jerwood-nominated choreographer (2003) Fleur Darkin, who adapted and directed Christmas Carol in 2002
  • Thrice-National Dance Award nominee (2007, 2009 & 2011) Sally Marie, who performed her solo piece The Extra at the Blue Elephant in 2005
  • Associate Director at Sherman Theatre, David Mercatali, who made his directorial debut at the Blue Elephant with Paint Over in 2005 followed by Weights in 2007
  • Mamoru Iriguchi, who designed our three 'Art in the Balkans' plays in 2005 before winning the Evening Standard Best Design Award in 2009
  • Levantes Dance Theatre, who performed I was Engaged to Diego Maradona (2006) and Gin & Satsumas (2007) at the Blue Elephant before going on to win the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award in 2009
  • Adopt A Playwright Award-winner (2008) Paul Morris, whose 35 Cents we premiered in 2007
  • Theatre Ad Infinitum, whose debut shows Behind The Mirror & First Class we premiered in 2007 & 2008 respectively.
  • Offie Award-winning costume designer Emily Stuart (2011), who designed her first professional show Drive-Thru Nativity at the Blue Elephant in 2009

Please see our Past Programme section for details of past shows.

Former Artistic Director Jasmine Cullingford won the Fringe Report Best Venue Manager Award in 2009 and the Blue Elephant won the inaugural Southwark Arts Forum Award for Performing Arts in 2013.

We need your help!

Living proof that a theatre space in a far from affluent financial position need not compromise on the quality of the work it produces

The Blue Elephant Theatre is a minimally staffed organisation and relies on your generous support.

We now have a Friends Scheme, for those who are Mad about the Elephant! Thank you to those who have supported us so far: Joanna Lumley, Friederike Hammer, Sarah Bowmer, Andy Phipps, Jenny Skene, Carol Field, Mike Raffone and Alexis Figgis!

Please contact us here or on 02077010100 for more information about becoming our Friend!

Baby Elephant
£50/year (£4.20/month)

o 2 free tickets per year
o Donors' monthly newsletter
o Special invitations
o Thank you on our website

Jumbo Elephant
£200/year (£16.70/month)

o 2 free tickets per season
o Donors' monthly newsletter
o Special invitations
o Thank you on our website and in our programmes
o 10% discount at the bar

Mammoth Elephant
£500/year (£42/month)

o 4 free tickets per season
o Donors' monthly newsletter
o Special invitations
o Thank you on our website and in our programmes
o 10% discount at the bar

Colossal Elephant
£1000/year (£83.50/month)

o 4 free tickets per season
o Donors' monthly newsletter
o Special invitations
o Thank you on our website and in our programmes
o 10% discount at the bar
o Invitations to Press Nights
o Your own dedicated (toy) elephant in the bar

All contributions mean a great deal to us and we make every donation go far, providing a week of summer school for local disadvantaged children for approximately £1000!

If you feel you could contribute to the work of the theatre in other ways, then we want to hear from you too! You can make a one-off donation below or offer in-kind support or your time as a volunteer.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of