Who’s Who?


John Altman 
Theatre Patron

Following his cameo appearance in The Colour House Children’s Theatre
100th Production Peter Pan last year, Eastenders legend John Altman
now joins forces with the theatre as he becomes our first ever patron!

From the moment John Altman exploded onto our screens in 1985 as
‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton, uttering the infamous phrase ‘Alright, Ma?’ he
changed the face of TV villains for good. As one of EastEnders original
cast members, he is much admired for his role as the leather-jacket-wearing,
son of Dot Cotton and his time on the soap spanned thirty years.
Altman’s tell-all autobiography ‘In The Nick Of Time’ is available now!


Peter Wallder Peter Head Shot
Founder and Chief Executive

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 theatre’s Chief Executive Officer. Peter is a creative designer and has won many accolades for his work for the London Borough of Merton and beyond. He is also an event organiser and has staged many events around London.

When Peter is not at the theatre or at an event he  will usually be found working for his film company Wheelhouse Productions.



Charlie Shakespeare Charles Shakespeare Headshot
Artistic Director

Charlie Shakespeare begun his long affinity with 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. Charlie later 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 artistic director and theatre manager.
Outside of Colour House, Charlie is an aspiring presenter with his own Breakfast Radio Show and is most proud of being the Master of Ceremonies at Mitcham Carnival for the past seven years.

www.charlieshakespeare.co.uk    Twitter: @CharlieShakes


Linda Kirby zz
Chair of Management Committee and Writer

Linda is the resident writer for 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 phil
Resident Creative Designer

Phil Newman is the resident creative designer
for 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 Stanford wewe
Management Committee

Geraldine is a local Merton councillor and has been
involved with Merton Abbey Mills and Colour
House Theatre for ten years as is the founder member
of 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
children’s productions.


Addy Caulder
Front of House Manager

Addy is currently studying performing arts at sixth form
at Brit School.


Paul Salmon 484037_448843748482280_1908542375_n
Senior Technician

Paul recently completed a technical theatre degree
at Rose Bruford College.


Liam Rudd 1528544_10200444413152411_2025275032_n
Senior Technician

Liam recently completed a technical theatre degree
at Rose Bruford College.


Nathan Rushmer 

Nathan is currently studying technical theatre
at The Brit School.


Harry Mash 

Harry is currently working as a trainee technician in theatres around London.




Colour House Theatre Gala Night 2018

Mayor of Merton 2018/19 Mary Curtin, Artistic Director Charlie Shakespeare, Deputy Mayor Geraldine Stanford, Patron John Altman, Founder and Chief Executive Peter Wallder and Chair of Charity Linda Kirby

Colour House 2015 Managers with The Mayor of Merton 2014/15
Cllr Agatha Akyigyina and Siobhan McDonald MP at The House of Commons


The Colour House Artistic Director Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guests, Sir Derek Jacobi, Ian McDiarmid and Geoffrey Whitehead.


Colour House Artistic Director Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guest, Sir Ian McKellen.


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