PLEASE NOTE: AS OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 RIVERSIDE READS IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. PLEASE WATCH FOR FURTHER UPDATES.
As part of the 2020 season at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, it is planned to regularly read and discuss new plays – or plays new to the UK – at 2.00pm on the first Tuesday of every month.
Each play is carefully chosen, rehearsed in a day and performed in front of a live audience when possible and streamed worldwide. It is hoped that Riverside Reads will find new scripts, new writers and a new audience, local and from afar, whilst at the same time incorporating several of the new spaces at Riverside Studios – a meeting room overlooking the Thames, a large atrium, a subterranean bar – as well as the more conventional Studio Theatres
At a time when the whole of British theatre is in a precarious position, Riverside Reads will bring work to over 100 freelance employees. Any profit will be ploughed back into Riverside Studios
Riverside Reads will give both the newcomer and the regular theatregoer a chance to see exactly what goes on at ‘the first read-through’. Of interest to both the hardened professional as well as the keen newcomer
The first play will be read and performed live at Riverside Studios and on-line on Tuesday September 1 at 2.00pm. After the reading there will be the chance to discuss the play with the author, actors and director
Riverside Reads (Patron: Sir Michael Codron) will be produced, curated and directed by Hugh Wooldridge
New scripts for submission for future seasons of Riverside Reads may be sent to RiversideReads@aol.com All plays are welcome, but they must not have received a public performance in the United Kingdom
RIVERSIDE STUDIOS 101 QUEEN CAROLINE STREET HAMMERSMITH, LONDON W6 9BN