Peter is the founder of The Colour House Theatre
which he opened in 1995. He has produced and
directed over 100 theatre productions and is the
Children’s theatre Artistic Director. Peter is also
a creative designer and has won many accolades
for his work for the London Borough of Merton.
He is also an event organiser and has staged
many events around London but is probably best
known for his for his annual two month
arts festival, Abbeyfest.
Charlie Shakespeare begun his long affinity with
The Colour House in November 2011, when he
played Aladdin in the Christmas pantomime,
his theatrical debut. As an actor he went on to star
in a record setting seven productions and four
consecutive pantomimes, playing Scarecrow in
Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Jack in Jack and the
Beanstalk and Prince Charming in both
Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Charlie became the
in-house director, taking the reins on five
productions, and wrote the 2015-16
Season and our 100th production Peter Pan, which
introduced the company to many innovative changes.
He now works behind the scenes as the theatre
manager. Outside of The Colour House, Charlie is an aspiring
presenter and is most proud of
being the Master of Ceremonies at Mitcham Carnival
for the past six years.
Linda is the resident writer for the Colour House
Children’s Theatre and Chair of the charity’s
management committee. This is her 14th children’s
musical production for the theatre. Linda has also
written twoadult shows for the Edinburgh Fringe and
seven shows for Merton’s Abbeyfest Theatre season.
Linda has her own company FLIPPIN ‘ECK CHILDREN’S
MUSICAL CIC which raises money for AIDS orphans in
ZImbabwe. She is an ex school teacher and local
councillor in Merton and a member of the
Mitcham Lavender Scribbler’s Writers
Phil Newman is the resident creative designer
for The Colour House Theatre. He is a creative
and versatile theatre practitioner, who has
designed Sets & Costumes for a variety of
theatre productions, encompassing drama, family
& children’s shows, comedy, dance, pantomime
and musicals as well as devised, interactive and
youth projects. These have ranged from small/
medium-scale tours (including open air) to
main house shows.
Geraldine is a local Merton councillor and has been
involved with Merton Abbey Mills and The Colour
House Theatre for ten years as is the founder member
of the Colour House Children’s Theatre Charity, which
has raised funds to improve the theatre building with
soundproofing and a new heating and ventilation system.
Geraldine also makes and provides all costumes of the
Angel is currently studying a Fashion Marketing
and Management degree at UCA Epsom.
Carys is currently studying performing
arts at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Paul is currently studying technical theatre
at Rose Bruford College.
Liam is currently studying technical theatre
at Rose Bruford College.
Michael is a freelance technician and the newest
member of The Colour House Theatre team.
Sam is currently studying performing
arts at The City of Westminster College.
The Colour House Managers with The Mayor of Merton
Cllr Agatha Akyigyina and Siobhan McDonald MP at The House of Commons
The Colour House Manager Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guests, Sir Derek Jacobi, Ian McDiarmid and Geoffrey Whitehead.
The Colour House Manager Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guest, Sir Ian McKellen.