I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change your name: Tabard becomes Chiswick Playhouse

Published: 27 October 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change opens the relaunched Chiswick Playhouse

A feature of the London fringe theatre landscape for more than 30 years, Tabard Theatre is being re-branded as Chiswick Playhouse.

Mark Perry, executive director of Chiswick Playhouse, has said of the relaunch, "by changing the name, we want to demonstrate our pride in our local heritage and ensure that the local community recognises the venue as Chiswick’s local theatre.

"We also want the wider London theatregoing audience to recognise our reputation as an exciting producing theatre, creating shows that will start in Chiswick and move on to other London venues and beyond… We want Chiswick Playhouse to be the breeding ground for the next generation of top creatives."

The 96-seat venue will produce new work and reimagined classics and maintain its programme of comedy events.

The UK première of the 2018 update of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change starts the new season. The musical comedy has book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. Charlotte Westenra directs, the musical director is Stuart Pedlar and the choreographer is Steven Harris.

It stars George Rae and Dominic Hodson with Laura Johnson and Naomi Slights.

For Christmas, a reworking of the Hansel and Gretel tale will be directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson which will run alongside Sunday evening seasonal concerts from musical theatre performers.

2020 sees the revival of passion-fuelled thriller Tryst directed by Phoebe Barran and a variety of comedy events.