Author seeks tales of the Tabard in Chiswick

Image: The Tabard pub, with studio theatre above

Local historian seeks anecdotes from thespians and drinkers

A local historian is hoping to gather stories and sightings of well-known thespians who have frequented The Tabard pub and over the last 75 years and the studio theatre above it.

Wesley Henderson Roe is writing a brief history of The Tabard pub in Bedford Park and its theatrical links, which is set to be published in the 2025 Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal.

A large number of prominent actors, playwrights, agents and directors have visited the pub since it opened in the late 19th century. Welsley says he is “particularly keen” to hear anecdotes from post-1950s or any sightings of people from the world of performing arts enjoying a “convivial beverage”.

If Wesley can gather enough material, he hopes to publish an illustrated booklet on the pub and the theatre, which celebrates 40 years in operation next year.

Working alongside Simon & Sarah Reilly, Theatre at the Tabard’s artistic director and executive director & creative producer respectively, Wesley seeks to create a historical archive from the time the theatre began in 1985.

If you have any tales from The Tabard, Wesley can be reached by email on wesnclare@aol.com or by phoning 07958 231035.