Ovalhouse Downstairs

Ovalhouse Downstairs

52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW

Getting here

Closest Tube Station

Oval (Northern Line, 100yrds) and Vauxhall (Victoria Line, 12 min walk)

Closest Train Station


Ovalhouse is a lively theatre on the Kennington Oval, opposite the famous cricket ground.

Ovalhouse has been known for its support for artists - professional and young people - for over 50 years - commissioning new work that responds to today’s social and political issues, and work that reflects the cultural diversity of its local community. 

With a theatre programme in two spaces we commission, co-produce and programme innovative work by early career and established artists, while our participation department provides a full range of programmes from inclusion projects to youth leadership training to supporting young artists. 

We invest in exploration and development, providing a space where artists can develop their creative practice, audiences can encounter new work and see the beginnings of new talent, and young people can use the arts to look at their lives, and develop their creativity and skills. We are funded as an Arts Council NPO organisation.

Following many years of trying to improve building facilities and to ensure a sustainable future, Ovalhouse is now in partnership with the London Borough of Lambeth to develop a new building in Brixton as part of the Council's Somerleyton Road development.

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3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 436 (Oval Station or Kennington Church bus-stop)

Nearest Mainline Rail

Vauxhall (12 min walk)


Oval (Northern Line, 100yrds) and Vauxhall (Victoria Line, 12 min walk)

Santander Cycle Docks

Kennington Road Post Office, Kennington Lane Tesco and Vauxhall Cross.

Car Park

They have a limited number of accessible parking spaces. On-street parking is available nearby (free after 6.30pm and at weekends.) They are not in the congestion charge area.