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OSO Arts Centre: 2021 Summer Season Launch



When London was placed into Tier 3 in December, the OSO Arts Centre had to prematurely close its doors in the middle of a sold-out pantomime run. In the following months, the theatre turned its attention to lifting local spirits through free-to-view digital entertainment instead. The ‘Live Lounge’ live-streamed concert programme reached an incredible 7,000 households, involving over 20 different artists over a 3 month period.

At long last, the OSO is thrilled to announce the return of live performance from mid-May, with a full Summer season now on sale. Visit www.osoarts.org.uk/what-on to explore the full listings and book tickets.

Whilst social distancing measures remain in place, the theatre will be returning to its tried and tested ‘cabaret-style’ layout. Book a candlelit table with your household/bubble to enjoy socially distanced performance in a luxurious and stress-free environment. The OSO Theatre Bar will be offering table service with an array of delicious snacks and beverages. You can book with confidence - if the performance is cancelled or you are unable to attend due to Covid-19, you will be offered a full refund.

The programme boasts an eclectic mix of theatre, comedy, music and more. Try to beat sadistic improv comedy overlord John Robertson in his award-winning interactive gameshow The Dark Room (20th June, 430pm families & 8pm adults). Watch Charlie Chaplin’s classic film Modern Times accompanied by live piano and woodwind (17th June, 8pm). Howl with laughter at London’s brightest and best comics, with a lineup curated by famous club The Comedy Store (18th June & 9th July, 8pm). Or simply relax with a bottle of wine at the OSO’s weekly Piano Lounge evenings (every Wednesday from 19th May, 7pm).


The OSO is particularly excited to debut several new works this season. Be the first to hear Roger McGough’s brand new collection of poems, Safety in Numbers, ahead of its publication by Penguin this November (22nd May, 430pm & 8pm). Mark Glentworth - the composer behind several of Steven Berkoff’s productions including On The Waterfront, Metamorphosis and The Trial - features on stage in his new two-hander musical Seven and a Half Years, directed by Julia Mintzer (28th, 30th & 31st May, 8pm). Rare Fortune Productions presents a collection of short plays on the theme of ‘waiting’, written over this last lockdown, in Waiting in the Wings (4-6th June, 430pm & 8pm). One-of-a-kind absurdist comedy troupe Privates present a new show about discoveries that changed the world - by people who know nothing - in Great Ideas, by Geniuses (3rd July, 8pm). Putney Theatre Company present Baby On Board, a new play with songs exploring the highs and lows of expecting a baby (15-17th July, 4:30pm & 8pm).


These shows only scratch the surface of what is on offer. Visit the OSO website to explore the full listings. The best way to support the theatre is by booking, but you can also donate directly.



Over the last year the OSO has completed a comprehensive refurbishment project, with a new-look foyer, bar and theatre. For those who can’t wait until May, the pop-up café is open Mon-Sun 10am-4pm. If you’re lucky, you might catch some outdoor music from a singing barista!



Primary Press Contact: Jonny Danciger (Artistic Director), jonny@osoarts.org.uk, 07964446741


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