Third Man Theatre are an award-winning theatre company based between Cornwall, Devon and London. Since forming in 2007, Third Man have performed at over 70 different venues around the UK and US, taking their work to various theatres and performance spaces, including festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival, St.Ives September Festival and the Brits Off Broadway Festival, New York.

 

Third Man Theatre are committed in their aim to produce exciting, inventive and thought-provoking theatre, creating a variety of work opportunities within the UK Theatre Industry.

 

"Third Man Theatre have a knack for taking apparently problematic ideas and making them accessible and fun and universally relevant. Their shows are narrative driven but serve as Trojan Horses to slip all sorts of experimental approaches out onto unsuspecting audiences. Seeing their latest show at the Old Red Lion earlier this year reaffirmed my faith in a certain kind of theatre."

Stewart Lee 

"I was transported to a whole other place by the quality of the storytelling. Danny Frost is a compelling performer and his relationship with the audience is direct and joyous. I found it both funny and moving in equal measure. Above all, it turned out to be a poetic evening. Using the simple device of a Cornish folk tale, he took the audience on a bigger journey that made us examine ourselves and come out of this wonderfully theatrical event feeling absolutely exhilarated.”

Michael Grandage CBE

"Third Man Theatre are one of the UK's most fiercely original theatre companies."

Stewart Pringle 

"Eddie Elks (he of Botallack O'Clock) is one of the most distinctive voices around."

Matt Trueman

“I have seen both Stalag Happy and Botallack O'Clock three times each. As a writer, I’m jealous. Funny, moving, story telling at it’s best, and best of all, the shows have enormous heart and integrity.  Not only that, superb performances and staging. This is a company to watch, listen, see.”
Anna Maria Murphy - Writer, Kneehigh Theatre Company

“A new play by Eddie Elks is more exciting to audiences in Exeter than one by Sir David Hare.”

David Lockwood, Artistic Director Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter - Arts Council England/British Council No Boundaries Conference, February 2014

2007

The Line Between written and performed by Dan Frost and Mark Knightley plays at the Gilded Balloon for 4 weeks at the Edinburgh Festival. 

 

2008

WW2 comedy-drama Stalag Happy written and performed by Eddie Elks and Dan Frost, premiers at the Colour House Theatre, London and then runs at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance and the St.Ives Arts Club.   

 

2009

Third Man win the SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD at the Edinburgh Festival for Stalag Happy.

Stalag Happy tours the South West on Rural Touring Schemes such as Villages in Action, Carn to Cove, Take Art, Air and G and Arts Alive.

 

2010

Stalag Happy plays at New End Theatre, Hampstead for 3 weeks in July and during the St. Ives September Festival, Cornwall.

 

2011

Botallack O'Clock by Eddie Elks, the black comedy based on the life and death of abstract artist Roger Hilton, premiers at the Half Moon, Herne Hill. It is given 5 Star Critics' Choice by Time Out London and shortlisted for their FRINGE SHOW OF THE YEAR.

Third Man's first site-specific show The One That Got Away plays as the St.Ives September Festival. 

Third Man also takes Stalag Happy on a UK Tour venues include The Bike Shed Theatre, Derby Theatre, Marine Theatre, Sundial Theatre, Courtyard Theatre, Northwall Arts Centre, Lichfield Garrick and Stahl Theatre.

 

2012

Botallack O'Clock transfers to the Edinburgh Festival 2012 playing at the Gilded Balloon for 4 weeks. It then plays at the St.Ives September Festival.

Third Man take up residency for 3 weeks at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter in October performing Botallack O'Clock and workshopping a new piece called Mugs' Arrows.

2013

Botallack O'Clock transfers to the Brits Off Broadway Festival, New York for a 3 week run in June.

Mugs' Arrows premiers at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter. Supported by Arts Council England.

Third Man becomes one of the resident companies at the Bike Shed Theatre,

2014

Eddie Elks' Mugs' Arrows runs for 3 weeks at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington. It is named by Exeunt Theatre Magazine as one of the Shows of the Year 2014 and also named in their critics' list of 'Canon of Greatest Plays.'

 

2015

Mugs' Arrows completes a UK Tour in a co-production with the Nottingham Playhouse and The Bike Shed Theatre, with support from Arts Council England. Venues include Nottingham Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Buxton Opera House, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, Old Red Lion Theatre, Bike Shed Theatre.

Stalag Happy returns for gala performances at the Leamington Gallery and Exchange Gallery, Penzance to mark the centenary commemorations of Sir Terry Frost. 

 

2016

Botallack O'Clock returns to London for a sell-out run the Old Red Lion Theatre for 4 weeks. The show is named again as ***** Time Out Critic's Choice. Ken McClymont is nominated for Best Set Design by Off-West End Awards.

2017

Drenched by Eddie Elks and Dan Frost premiers at the Boathouse Theatre, St Ives as part of the September Festival followed by performances at The Centre, Newlyn for the Newlyn Arts Festival in October. Supported by Arts Council England and FEAST.  

2018

Drenched plays at the Pleasance Courtyard to sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival. Third Man's third time to the Fringe.

 

2019

Drenched plays at the Vault Festival for the first time.   

Patrons

Anna Maria Murphy

Bridget Christie

Karen Koren

Stewart Lee

Stephen Frost

 

Friends / Supporters

Bob Saich and Louise Peck

at Advanced Graphics

Anthony and Linda Frost

Anthony and Sandra Holmes

Archive of Modern Conflict

Bo Hilton

Bob Devereux

Caroline Wiseman

Charles Holmes

Christine Hackney

Danny Clancy

David Thomson

The Garden Hotel, Uppingham

George and Elspeth Elks

Georgia Stoneman

Janet Prince

Luke Frost

Leamington Gallery

Ronnie Duncan
Rose Hilton

Hannah, Lucy and Zanna

at PilotLight Theatre

Tate St.Ives

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Artistic Director Eddie Elks

Artistic Director Dan Frost 

 

Producer Tom Hackney

 

Associate Director Ken McClymont

Associate Director David Lockwood

Associate Director Jessica Burrage

 

Associate Producer Paul Jellis

 

Associate Artists

Rhys King

Mark Knightley

Lara Rossi

Polly Hughes

Patrick Molyneux

Chiara Wilde

George Haynes