The Woods

Southwark Playhouse

24 Feb 2022 – 26 Mar 2022

For group bookings of 10 or more, call the Box Office: 020 7407 0234
  • Nick and Ruth are spending the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods. Their sweet escape from the city descends into a night of stories and fights, pushing their relationship to breaking point. As the sun rises, their need for one another is palpable but will a final reconciliation be threatened by the violent core simmering beneath?

    David Mamet’s extraordinary 1977 ‘battle of the sexes’ play gets its 1st UK revival after 21 years.

    “Mamet’s language has never been so precise, pure and affecting.” The New York Times

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Accesibility and accessible performances

Access Information


To book tickets or to contact us about any specific requirements you may have please call 020 7407 0234 or email

There is no charge for carers or escorts accompanying patrons who are registered as disabled.

Venue Information

Please note that we have adapted our front of house operations due to the current pandemic. You can find information about your visit to our socially distanced theatre on our Covid FAQs page, by clicking here.

You can also watch a Tiktok video of the adapted route from street to seat, which has changed from October 2020 onwards, by clicking here.

If you’re new to Southwark Playhouse and would like to check us out before your theatre trip, pop by any time between 10am and 6pm during the week, or after 1pm on a Saturday. A member of the team will be around to answer any questions, and make note of any requests you have for your visit.

Our two theatres are black box style studios, seating roughly 200 in the Large and 100 in the Little.

Both theatres have flexible seating layouts, so if you see more than one show here the seating plan may be different.

For most productions, row A is at the same level as the playing space, and each row after that is one extra step up. Please note that because of the configuration of the seating banks, what appears to be an aisle seat on our seating plan may not necessarily be an aisle seat in reality. If this is important to your visit, please contact the box office and a member of the team will be able to advise you.

During the show, the performers often use the same entrances and exits as the audience, and for some shows, exiting the space may require you to go across the stage. This can make admitting latecomers and re-admittance during the performance tricky. If you have any concerns, or would like information on a specific show, please contact box office on 020 7407 0234, or

The Little does not have allocated seating, however if you require a specific kind of seat or a wheelchair space, or have any particular access issues, we advise that you speak to a member of staff, who will reserve a suitable seat for you.

Many shows contain flashing lights, however this will vary from production to production. Where possible we will include information on the show page. If there is no information or you require more detail, please contact box office.

Wheelchair Users

There is ground level access to all areas of the theatre and there is an accessible toilet.

There are 2 wheelchair spaces available in each auditorium in the front row which are bookable online. If you cannot see a vacant wheelchair space on the seating plan for your preferred performance please call box office on 020 7407 0234 and we will be happy to assist.

When you collect your tickets please notify a member of staff if you wish to transfer to a theatre seat so they can assist you.

Blind/Visually Impaired, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. We recommend booking or requesting an aisle seat, or alternatively our staff are happy to dog-sit for you.

For selected performances we use The Difference Engine captioning software. This enables users to follow along with captions on their smartphone during the performance. Information about these performances is available from the box office.

Elephant and Castle is a partially step-free station. Step-free access is only available on southbound Northern line services. The station is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Playhouse.

Borough is also a partially step-free station. Street-free access is only available on northbound services. The station is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Playhouse.

Detailed information on how to get here can be found here:

If we can do anything to make your visit more enjoyable, or if you would like to suggest improvements please contact us on 020 7407 0234 or email