Close Quarter Productions Ltd (newly named in 2014) began life in Brighton in 2011 with the first production of The Art of Concealment: The Life of Terence Rattigan by Giles Cole, directed by Tom Latter. It was specially written for the Rattigan centenary year and, following its success in Brighton, a new production was then mounted at the Jermyn Street Theatre the following year, directed by Knight Mantell, which subsequently transferred to Riverside Studios, with a substantially new cast.
And in the End - The Death and Life of John Lennon, written and directed by Alexander Marshall was presented at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2013 and The Heart of Things by Giles Cole premiered there in March 2015. A very successful revival of The Dover Road by AA Milne was seen at Jermyn Street in 2016.
The double bill When Love Grows Old received excellent reviews at the Brighton Festival Fringe in May 2017 and Close Quarter was represented at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017 with a co-production with The Noontide Sun of Shakespeare's epic poem Venus and Adonis dramatised by actor/director Chris Hunter. After All These Years was a hit at the Brighton Fringe 2021 and returned in a new production in 2023, winning the Outstanding Theatre Award, before heading to the Quay Arts Centre, Newport, IoW, and then to the Jermyn Street Theatre, London in July 2023 (see Current/Next Production).
The aims and objectives are to present new and exciting work in smaller scale venues, with the emphasis on creating opportunities for both younger and older performers working together to develop imaginative, perceptive and challenging theatre.
Close Quarter Productions has the following key personnel and is a co-operative venture bringing together writers, actors, directors and designers:
Directors: Giles Cole and Alexander Marshall; Associate Producer: Julia Holofcener.