History

Stratford East is a producing theatre, built in 1884, in the heart of East London, situated a short walk from Stratford station. We have a proud history and an exciting future. We represent our culturally and socially diverse community in the work we make, the people we employ and our audiences and participants. We tell stories that are current, political and representative of London.

From 1953 – 1979 the theatre was the home of Joan Littlewood’s legendary Theatre Workshop Company. The Company received international recognition with their acclaimed productions such as Oh, What a Lovely War! and A Taste of Honey. Many leading actors, writers and directors have been part of the Theatre Royal Stratford East family including Meera Syal, Barbara Windsor, Don Warrington, Sheila Hancock, Indhu Rubasingham, Tanika Gupta, Roy Williams and Cynthia Erivo.

Under Nadia Fall’s artistic direction, we present a bold programme of reimagined classics, timely revivals and ground-breaking new work. Nadia’s first season included a revival of Equus, which received seven 5 star reviews and a West End transfer, Sir Lenny Henry starred in a critically acclaimed and powerful rendition of August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and we engaged over 300 young people in a large scale production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye's Fludde in collaboration with English National Opera.

You can find out more about Stratford East and our History below.

1884 - 1953

1953 - 1979

1979 - 2004

2004 - 2017

Present Day

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