About Us

Ovation Theatres Limited is a highly successful theatre production company founded by John and Katie Plews who, since 1985, have been running the theatrical production and corporate event company, Ovation Productions. Ovation Theatres is responsible for running Upstairs at the Gatehouse, a 140 seat fringe theatre in Highgate, North London.

Ovation was established to produce business conferences, product launches, road shows, award ceremonies and corporate videos. The company has won two Gold IVCA Awards (2000 & 2004) for Corporate Live Events as well as a Silver and Bronze in 2002.
A Gold Award for organising the ‘Best Corporate Event’ was also bestowed on Ovation by business magazine ‘Marketing Event’ in 2000.

Theatrically Ovation have staged several productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival including Black Comedy (1996) and Forever Plaid (1999).  This high energy American musical then continued on a national tour visiting over sixty venues around the UK. In 2001 Ovation returned to Edinburgh with Jessica Martin’s acclaimed one woman show Veronique – a Lifelong Cult. In 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Ovation produced Jim Bowen’s show ‘You Can’t Beat A Bit of Bully’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, playing to sell-out audiences every year.

Successful London productions include:
4nd Street; Flat Out, Nice Work If You Can Get It; Return To The Forbidden Planet; Top Hat; Treating Odette; Wallis… A Certain Person; Legally Blonde; There’s A Guy Who Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis; Singin’ In The Rain; The Blonde Bombshells of 1943; Kiss Me Kate; Avenue Q; Crazy For You; David Mamets A Life In The Theatre; Goodnight Mrs Calabash; Iceberg – Right Ahead!; Guys And Dolls; Woody Allen’s Play It Again Sam; Buried Child; A Slice of Saturday Night; The Drowsy Chaperone; Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story; Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; High Society; Lee Hall’s Cooking With Elvis; Into The Woods; A Tale of Two Cities; Forever Plaid; Victoria Wood’s Talent; The Young Ones; and Dinner. 

Ovation Productions continue to produce business events and video programmes, for further information please call: 020 8340 4256

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Ovation Productions

Upstairs at the Gatehouse is a proud member of SIT (Society of Independent Theatres)