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.

Upstairs at the Gatehouse – Seating
The audience seating can be configured in four different styles:

Thrust – Seating on three sides – 122 seats
L-Shaped – Seating on two sides – 107 seats
Cabaret – Seating on three sides – 142 seats
Traverse – Seating on two sides – 128 seats (in-house productions only)

The theatre is now 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.

Artistic Directors: John and Katie Plews

In-House Company: Ovation



Responsible for running Upstairs at the Gatehouse is Ovation Theatres Limited, most of our Patrons are also shareholders in the company. The two directors are John and Katie Plews who, for over twenty 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 Gatehouse, 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 and Jim Bowen’s You Can’t Beat a Bit of Bully which played Edinburgh in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Katie and John are also involved in the Highgate Village community, especially the Highgate Society. In June every year John helps organise the annual Fair in the Square.

Ovation Productions continue to produce corporate events and video programmes.


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