About Us

“One of London’s most reliable fringe musical theatre venues” – Time Out

Upstairs at the Gatehouse is an award winning London Fringe Theatre with a varied programme of drama, musicals and fringe theatre productions. Situated at the top of Highgate Hill we really are London’s Top Theatre.

Ovation, the in-house company, produces several shows each year at Upstairs at the Gatehouse and has been described as one of the best fringe theatre companies in London.

Seating There are between 70 and 142 depending on the configuration. 

Hearing Loop The theatre is equipped with an induction loop system to assist those who are hard of hearing – please speak to the theatre staff for more information and advice on using it with a hearing aid.



Responsible for running Upstairs at the Gatehouse is Ovation Theatres Limited, most of our Patrons are also shareholders in the company. The two Artistic Directors are John and Katie Plews who, for over thirty five years, have been running the theatrical production and corporate event company, Ovation Productions.

John Plews has been associated with the theatre since leaving school. He completed the Technical Course at LAMDA and worked in both the provinces and West End including three years as Stage Manager at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. During the seventies John was a cruise director for Cunard, P & O and Princess Cruises. He also spent some time in local government running theatres, cinemas and civic venues.

In 1985, Ovation was established to produce business conferences, product launches, roadshows, award ceremonies and corporate videos. Theatrically, apart from numerous productions at Upstairs at the GatehouseOvation have had successful shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival include Black Comedy in 1996 and Forever Plaid in 1999 (followed by a National Tour), Veronique – A Life Long Cult  in 2001, Jim Bowen’s You Can’t Beat a Bit of Bully which played Edinburgh in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010 and Ovation took the cult musical There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015.

Katie and John are also involved in the Highgate Village community, especially the Highgate Society.


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020 8340 4256

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