Menagerie’s core focus is getting plays performed. That’s what we love to do.
From major performances in international venues to local festivals we strive to produce the best plays by the best playwrights.
Through commissions, writer development workshops and our Hotbed festival, writers find their way to getting produced with us – as long as it engages we will strive to produce it! Work has been seen on stages across the world from India to the USA but is mainly produced with a keen eye on engaging, challenging and connecting with UK audiences. Here work has been produced in theatres across the country including Soho, The Shaw, Theatre 503, The Colchester Mercury, Cambridge Junction, Manchester Royal Exchange, Birmingham Rep, Plymouth Drum and The Bristol Old Vic.
Our rich history of work has seen an extraordinary canon being established from first time writers such as Janice Okoh (Egusi Soup), through to major international artists such as Naomi Wallace (Retreating World). We are proud to include writers such as Fraser Grace (Gifts of War and Frobisher’s Gold) , Steve Waters (The Cull and Out of Your Knowledge), Craig Baxter (Hard Sell and Let Newton Be!) as Associates of the company, following productions of two or more of their plays.
Our work has been directed by core company members and supported by directors such as Josie Rourke, Fiona Kelcher, Karen Kholhaas and Jacqui Honness Martin.
Actors in Menagerie productions have included Roger Sloman, Janet Suzman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Gin Hammond, Darren Strange, Shuna Snow, Ellen Thomas and Jasmine Hyde.
But most of all our history of work has been about embracing new ideas, new stories and new people as we aim to fulfil our motto: Rare Theatre, Well Done.