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  • The Story So Far...

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    A brief account of some highlights in CPT’s history since it was established in 1994.

    2021

    Capital Development

    The newly redeveloped theatre opens to the public.

    2020

    Covid Closure

    CPT closes as a result of the pandemic but secures funding to launch its largest-ever round of commissions and becomes a food distribution hub for emergency food parcels.

    2019

    25th Birthday

    Our 25th birthday is marked by major new Home Run co-productions with Jennifer Tang (Ghost Girl / Gwei Mui), Lanre Malaolu (Elephant in the Room) and Eurotrash (Trigger Warning), the latter as part of our unique ‘Handle with Care’ festival. We celebrate our local area with the ‘Camden Roar’ festival, headlined by CPT’s very own Human Jam, a playful docu-theatre show, made with members of our community, about graveyards, ghosts and the impact of HS2 on our neighbourhood. A 20-year lease is secured on the building leading to CPT’s first-ever capital funding from Arts Council England to undertake improvements to our theatre and building.

    2018

    The Ex Boyfriend Yard Sale

    CPT secures NPO funding for the 2018-22 period. New festivals include ‘Common People’ – on working-class identity, experience and representation – and ‘No Direction Home’, on displacement, migration and refuge. Our second major Home Run commission is Racheal Ofori’s So Many Reasons, headlining ‘Calm Down, Dear’. We also programme a bumper three-week run of Haley McGee’s smash-hit, CPT-developed The Ex Boyfriend Yard Sale. CPT secures Arts Council Strategic Touring funding to tour ‘Come As You Are’, visiting five UK cities in autumn 2018. CPT also appoints its new Executive Director, Kaya Stanley-Money.

    2017

    ‘Hotbed’ & ‘Come As You Are’

    Two major new festivals are big hits for CPT this year: ‘Hotbed’, our season on sex and sexuality; and ‘Come As You Are’, on transgender, non-binary and gender-queer identity. The latter is headlined by CPT co-pro, Milk Presents’ Bullish – our inaugural Home Run commission. Also this year, our acclaimed new in-house show, Fog Everywhere, a collaboration with students at Westminster Kingsway College and researchers at Kings College London, addressing London air pollution

    2016

    Our Whose London Is It Anyway? festival

    Our Whose London Is It Anyway? festival, exploring gentrification and the housing crisis, includes our in-house production, This Is Private Property. CPT plays a prominent role in the A Nation’s Theatre festival, co-curating a national symposium on artist support, called All Tomorrow’s Theatre. Later in 2016, we programme the first ever All the Right Notes gig-theatre festival; and our People’s Theatre Award commission, Gameshow and Emily Lim’s show with pupils at neary Netley Primary, Grown Up. CPT in partnership with the Fitzrovia Centre and New Diorama launches Camden Youth Theatre, a new creative club for 13-19 year olds in the area. CPT also initiates the new network of artist-supporting London theatre venues, STAMP.

    2015

    National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England

    CPT becomes a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England and launches a new Associate Artist scheme launches with three artists/companies: Barrel Organ, Sh!t Theatre and Jamal Harewood. We mark the General Election in May with a festival, ‘The State We’re In’, headlined by Beats + Elements’s show No Milk for the Foxes. Our co-production of the Beastie Boys’ music-theatre event Licensed to Ill extends to a four-week run. CPT is nominated as the UK’s Best Fringe Theatre in the annual Stage Awards

    2014

    Arts Council England’s National Portfolio

    Our ‘CPT@20’ strand of work including several Passing the baton events, which see new-to-CPT artists selected for commission by ten great artists who’ve worked here in years gone by. CPT also joins Arts Council England’s National Portfolio – the only theatre in London to join the portfolio in this funding round – and CPT’s first ever core funding. In December, new Executive Director Amber Massie-Blomfield comes onboard.

    2013

    Calm Down, Dear festival of feminism

    CPT launches its inaugural Beyond the Joke festival of standup theatre, and its inaugural Calm Down, Dear festival of feminism. Both are huge successes – as is the London premiere of Amnesty Award-winning co-production (with Common Wealth Theatre) Our Glass House.

    2012

    Sprint Festival

    Under new directors Brian Logan and Jenny Paton, CPT hosts its fifteen-birthday Sprint festival, which increases audience numbers by 43%. Overall 2011-12 audience numbers increased by 29%. Programming successes include the sell-out, critically acclaimed Unhappy Birthday by performer, broadcaster and former Mayoress of Camden, Amy Lamé.

    2011

    Starting Blocks

    CPT launches its new artist development scheme Starting Blocks, which supports solo artists and small companies to develop new work and establish themselves as independent theatre practitioners.

    2010

    Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre

    Ria Parry, a director supported as part of CPT’s Tonic scheme, is awarded the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors by the National Theatre. Artist Laura Mugridge’s CPT-developed site-specific show Running on Air wins another Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival

    2009

    CPT's production of Icarus 2.0

    CPT’s in-house production Icarus 2.0 is nominated for a Total Theatre Award and Stage Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. In the same year, 4 of the 5 companies selected for the British Performance Festival in Mainz, Germany were previously presented at CPT’s Sprint festival. CPT delivers (in collaboration with Camden Council) the first Camden Producers Initiative, providing a platform for emerging producers and companies.

    2008

    Camden Fringe Festival

    CPT-developed site-specific show Paperweight (pictured, right) presented by Top of the World, wins another Fringe First Award, before touring nationally. CPT becomes a key venue in the development of the new, annual Camden Fringe Festival. In partnership with Central School of Speech & Drama, we establish a new Graduate Theatre Company Scheme, providing development advice and opportunities to new and emerging artists.

    2007

    Fringe First and Arches Brick awards

    Theatre director Liam Jarvis and his company Analogue win the prestigious Fringe First and Arches Brick awards for their show Mile End. Liam was supported through CPT’s Tonic (Training of New and Innovative Companies) scheme in 2004. CPT agrees a regular funding agreement with Camden Council, initially for 3.5 years, but later extended to December 2011 (4.25 years).

    2006

    Tonic International

    The successful TONIC programme continues to support new works and international collaboration through productions from Dan Kai Teatro (Iceland/UK/Spain), Indian Runner Production (France/UK) and dANTE oR dIE (Israel/UK).

    2005

    Pacitti Company

    The internationally renowned Pacitti Company develop and premiere their show A Forest at CPT. The production was later performed at the Barbican in 2009. The Pacitti Company now run a prestigious biannual live art festival, SPILL, and created one of the landmark events in the Cultural Olympiad.

    2004

    Arts Council

    CPT receives funding from Arts Council England to develop its artist development programme, TONIC.

    2003

    Abbey Sponsorship

    CPT gains sponsorship from Abbey to redevelop unused space below the theatre. The resulting rehearsal & meeting space has been used extensively by Camden community groups and for theatre companies to develop new work.

    2001

    Peter Brook Empty Space Award

    CPT nominated for a prestigious Peter Brook Empty Space Award. The citation on both occasions is for “quality studio theatre events in a much-needed area”.

    1999

    Theatre company Ridiculusmus

    The theatre company Ridiculusmus develop their show Yes Yes Yes at CPT, which goes on to win a Time Out Live Award for Best Off-West End production, a Total Theatre Award for Best British Production, and a Herald Angel Award. The company later became resident at the Barbican Centre and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

    1997

    First ever Sprint festival

    Sprint festival, now 16 years old, has established itself as London’s number one celebration of new and adventurous theatre.

    1994

    Camden People’s Theatre established

    "A great local theatre making a massive difference to the local community."

    Councillor Jonathan Simpson Camden Council