About Ensemble

Patron: Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE

Ensemble was formed in 2001, to collaboratively create and tour new theatre work, which explores the relationship between music, text and song, alongside educational programmes for young people.

The company has producedáseven theatre/musicápieces (see Productions) in association with the following artists: Richard Aylwin, Tinoush Bahrami, Simon Banham, Nick Beadle, Angela Curran, Russell Churney, Damian Cruden, Elissa Guralnick, Rachana Jadhav, Amina Khayyam, Charles Koslowske, Simon Lane, Karina Lucas, Chris Madin, Elizabeth Mansfield, Anna Mudeka, Nao Nagai, Azusa Ono, Mark Payton, The Peabody Trio (Natasha Brofsky, Seth Knopp & Violaine Melanšon), Rob Pickavance, Stephen Rose, Leon Rosselson, John Sackville, Julia Tobiska, Steve Trafford, Tim Sutton, Gilly Tompkins and Tom Wright.

Ensemble regularly works in co-production with York Theatre Royal, and has produced in association with Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, The Drill Hall, London, and Leeds Lieder. Several of Ensemble's national UK tours and Education Programmes, as well as research and development work, have been funded by the Arts Council of England National Lottery Fund, and Spelthorne Borough Council.

Artistic Director:

Elizabeth Mansfield

Chief Executive:

Steve Trafford

Ensemble Board:

  • Beatrix Campbell OBE
  • Soussan Farrokhnia
  • Judith Jones
  • Javad Shams
Ensemble is a member of the Independent Theatre Council

Registered Charity Number: 1134292
Registered in England and Wales
Company Limited by Guarantee No: 6822215
Registered Office: 105, Thames Side, Staines, Middlesex TW18 2HG.

Hymn to Love
– Homage to Piaf
Hymn to Love - Homage to Piaf

In a Manhattan hotel room in New York, Edith Piaf rehearses for her last US concert. But for Piaf the hotel holds memories. More info...

Clara's Gift

Frauenliebe und Leben

Clara's Gift

Glorious music, ridiculous words! Among contemporary listeners this is the near universal response to Schumann’s famous song cycle. More info...

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

A new comedy by Steve Trafford
With songs by Henry Purcell

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

Full of humour and bawdy wit, this new comedy transports us into the wanton world of the English Restoration. King Charles II lies ill, Nell Gwyn, his royal whore, once the brightest star of the Restoration theatre, rages against her fate. More info...

The Uninvited

Songs and Stories of Exile

The Uninvited

The Uninvited is a performance tour de force telling the extraordinary stories of refugees and exiles, from all over the world, past and present. More info...


The Story of Marie Lloyd


The poet T.S. Eliot described Marie Lloyd as: “The greatest music hall artist of all time”. Marie Lloyd lives again in this popular and celebrated show, which features all her famous songs. More info...