About Us

Iris Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based at the world-famous St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, affectionately known as the Actors’ Church. It is run by artistic director Paul-Ryan Carberry and executive director Paul Virides.

We gained full charity status in 2009 and provide transformational opportunities for young and emerging artists and audiences alike in a creative environment, welcome to everyone. We focus on encouraging a diverse range of creative voices; as well as increasing the diversity of theatre audiences.

Over the past decade Iris has built a reputation for innovative site-specific theatre with mass appeal. The cornerstone of our year is our summer promenade performances in the grounds and buildings of the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden. That ten week season generally consists of a Shakespeare play followed by a classic family story, where we produce a fresh and vibrant repertoire of varied work, providing audiences with affordable and accessible theatre. In 2016 our production of Treasure Island was awarded Best Production for Young People (8+) at the Offies, and our summer family show has been nominated for the same award ever since.

In the past we have also collaborated with leading companies and venues around London, including the premiere of a new musical we commissioned at the Union Theatre, and our three-year association general managing London’s Free Open-Air Theatre at the Scoop in London Bridge.