Opening June 2017: the Nursery Theatre!

Building a Theatre

We finally did it, folks. We’re opening a performance space! Above is an artist’s impression of the brand new Nursery Theatre, which we are opening as part of the new Theatre Delicatessen building in Broadgate in the city of London. That’s right, folks, it’s show time. Check out our June and July programmes right here.

There is much to be done and we are on time to open the space on June 1st. We just need a little help with fundraising. Have a watch of our crowdfunding video or click below to see all the cool things you can get for helping us out. We just need a tiny boost!

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But it’s not all about lights and sound and cold hard cash. The Summer season is already programmed, but we are just getting started. Heather is one of our new Artistic Directors and here’s what she says about what we have to come…

by Heather Urquhart, Co-Artistic Director

So what happens next?

(Or ‘Programming the Nursery Theatre’)

It’s an exciting and daunting responsibility programming a new improv theatre and Chris, Jules and I want to get it right. To us that means a clear application process and transparency about how the final decisions are being made. We’re working on it, but getting it right might take a little while. However, while we do, we thought you should know that these are some of the things we are thinking about.
We’d like a programme with a mixture of the following:

  • Brand new improvisers, experienced groups and all those groups betweem
  • A diverse range of performers (from different backgrounds) and audience members
  • One off specials and resident nights
  • Nursery-created and -supported shows, as well as visiting companies
  • Different improv styles e.g theatrical, comedy, shortform, longform, genre based
  • Performance opportunities for our volunteers, students and supporters
  • Companies that we’ve supported from a short slot at a jam night through to a headline prime time show
  • Shows from the London Improv community and beyond

We’d like to hit the sweet spot of feeling welcoming and inclusive for all improvisers and presenting the best improv happening in the universe right now. We might even have shows that aren’t improvised (shhh).

We will also be completely upfront and open about what you can expect and what is expected of you as an artist working with The Nursery. Things like:

  • Marketing
  • Timelines
  • Finances
  • Supporting the process without getting exploited

Our full programming policy will be announced in June at the same time as the applications for the Autumn season open but we’d also like to hear your thoughts on anything else we should be thinking about. Please tell us right here…

Tell us what you’re thinking

Programming Timeline

As part of our transparency, the Nursery will be publishing clear timelines for each season at the theatre. This application process, along with our resident shows and teams will give us the backbone of our programming for each season, though we will leave some free slots to allow us to add things last minute.

Here is what we have planned.

From now until the theatre opens

  • Building and licensing the theatre space at 2 Finsbury Square
  • Drafting final programming policy
  • Programming the summer season


  • Start of the summer season/Edinburgh previews
  • Publication of full programming policy
  • Opening of applications for show slots during the Autumn Season
  • Opening of applications for Nursery Originals in the Autumn Season


  • Decisions and offers for show slots and Nursery Originals in the Autumn Season


  • Announcement of Autumn Season and
  • Review of Programming Policy


  • Start of Autumn Season


  • Publication of revised programming policy
  • Opening of applications for show slots during the Autumn Season
  • Opening of applications for Nursery Originals in the Autumn Season


  • Start of new season