The New Actors Company
The New Actors Company is a commercial theatrical production company based in London and managed by Actor/Producer Shareholders. This model of production company management is inspired by a common denominator throughout almost every theatrical milestone in the history of theatre: a company of actors.
"The Company’s philosophy is to combine commercial enterprise with artistic innovation."
From Sophocles to Shakespeare right through to The Reformation and beyond, companies of actors were responsible for what are now considered to be the classical repertoire of theatrical works. The Company’s philosophy is to combine commercial enterprise with artistic innovation.
The composition of the company as talented producers, designers and directors, yet all actors, makes The New Actors Company one of the most exciting, yet traditional, companies in the country, producing work for everyone, that everyone can enjoy.
Formed in 2009 by acting graduates Robert Laycock, Tom Miller, and Daniel Souter the company took the name and principals of the original 'Actors Company’, a company formed by Ian McKellen and Edward Petherbridge in the 1970s.
"Although repertory theatre in its original form has almost completely disappeared..."
The 'Actors Company' formed as a reaction to the lack of artistic control that actors had over repertory theatre. Although repertory theatre in its original form has almost completely disappeared from existence, The New Actors Company have adopted the same ethos as ‘The Actors Company’ towards placing artistic control back into the hands of actors.
The success of a theatrical production depends greatly on its ability to communicate with its audience and its chief instrument is The Actor. To be a successful on stage, the actor must have a sense of the audience, to understand its needs and then deliver.
"The relationship between an actor and audience is intimate and unlike any other..."
This idea is central to every production The New Actors Company has staged and will stage. The relationship between an actor and audience is intimate and unlike any other relationship in the world. Our choice of play, our marketing and our company policy are all inspired by this relationship.
The New Actors Company, at present, consists of four permanent members: Robert Laycock, Daniel Souter, Tom Miller and Thomas Shirley. Each member is an equal shareholder and a skilled actor, working not only for The New Actors Company, but also other companies, developing their skills and range.