Open House London is back

7 September 2018

Join us to see backstage at the beautiful and award-winning theatre in Wandsworth and discover the ideas behind its unqiue fusion of East and West architecture at Tara Theatre and 22 and 23 September beteen 10.30 and 3.30pm.

Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.

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Tara Arts dedicates Eastern Star to jailed reporters in Myanmar

London, 3 September, 2018: Tara Theatre in London, has dedicated a three week run of “Eastern Star”, a play about freedom of expression in Myanmar to the two Reuters journalists given seven year sentences today in Yangon, U Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Announcing the dedication, Jatinder Verma, Artistic Director of Tara Arts said “When we planned this run, we had no idea that Eastern Star would become so painfully current. The sentences handed down to these two men are truly shocking even by the standards of justice we have come to expect in Myanmar today. We urge for them to be released immediately.”

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10 June 2018

Tara Arts took part in the nationwide art project to celebrate the centenary of women's right to vote in Brtain.


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31 May 2018

We are delighted to announce Tara Arts and Black Theatre Live has partnered up with Digital Theatre to enable access to the archive recordings of our previous national tours recorded as live with Pilot Theatre including Tara Arts' Macbeth directed by Jatinder Verma filmed at Stratford Circus Arts Centre in 2015 and the UK's first all-Black production of Hamlet directed by Jeffery Kissoon filmed  at Tara Theatre in 2016

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GUARDIAN Readers' favourite!

We Are the Lions, Mr Manager! was voted by Guardian Reader Noel Hannon as one of their favourite shows - at Tara Theatre! See what he says:

Tara Theatre, London

A tiny production with a cast of just two. It reminded those of us who were there at the time of the Grunwick dispute and it enthused those who were hearing about this bit of trade union history for the first time. It’s on tour until next April. Highly recommend. Noel Hannon

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8 June 2017

In 1976 Naseem Khan's report, The Arts Britain Ignores, was published. Commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain, the report changed the face of Britain's arts landscape forever and was instrumental in shaping arts policy for the future. 

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21 May 2017

Tara Arts artistic director Jatinder Verma took home the top prize at the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTAs) on Sunday 21 May, gaining recognition for his four decades long contribution to British theatre.

The award was for his "Outstanding Contribution to the Arts".

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Jatinder Verma attends official launch of the UK-India Year of Culture at Buckingham Palace

27 February 2017

Marking the 70th anniversary of India & Pakistan's independence from Britain, the UK-India Year of Culture was launched by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday 27th February.

Jatinder Verma attended the reception along with many other artists. Tara Theatre is marking this anniversary with its unique programme of 70 events over the course of the year, featuring plays, music, dance, talks...and gardens. 

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Tara Theatre Official Opening

2 September 2016

A wonderful day was had by all yesterday at the opening of our beautiful and unique Tara Theatre, with speeches from Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Richard Field and Joyce Wilson from Arts Council England.

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1 September 2016


Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, officially opens Tara Theatre, a new state of the art home in South London for the acclaimed Tara Arts, the oldest diverse multicultural theatre company in the UK, today, Thursday 1 September 2016.

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Tara Theatre needs you!

23 June 2016

Join our Welcome Team at the new Tara Theatre!


We need your help in making Tara Theatre the most welcoming theatre in London.

Join our volunteer Welcome Team and take part in Tara - from ushering shows to spreading the word in the local area.


Interested? Of course you are!

Talk to Alex on [email protected]


Call us: 020 8333 4457


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In The Guardian - How We Staged Shakespeare

23 March 2016

As part of The Guardian's 'How We Staged Shakespeare' series they asked our Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma, to write about Tara Arts' Troilus & Cressida.

Jatinder discusses the production's reference to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, and how the delivery of Shakespeare’s words is still bedevilled by conventions.

Read the article here.

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Asian Theatre in Britain - Jatinder joins the discussion on BBC Radio 3

Friday, 20 November, 2015

On Sunday 22 November at 6.45pm, BBC Radio 3 our Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma, featured in Making an Entrance – Asian Theatre in Britain.

In the programme, Sarfraz Manzoor charts the history of Asian theatre in Britain, a tale which ranges from The Bayaderes, 'Priestesses of Pondicherry' - temple dancers who came to London from India in the 1830s, through to the current generation of actors, directors and writers.

Sarfraz examines how political and social unrest in the 1970s sparked the founding of the first high-profile Asian theatre company in Britain, and looks at how the 21st century has seen an increasingly wide range of work? From controversial plays and new, sometimes radical versions of classic texts to Bollywood-inspired musicals.

Other contributors include Hanif Kureishi, Tanika Gupta, Ayub Khan-Din, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Sudha Bhuchar.






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