The Tara Arts company was founded in 1977 by Artistic Director Jatinder Verma.
After spending 6 years as a touring company, Tara Arts eventually settled into a space in Earlsfield. After minor renovation, the building reopened in September 1985 as the Tara Arts Centre.
The centre housed home-grown productions, visiting companies, exhibitions, dance, and music until funding cuts caused it to close, returning to its use as a rehearsal space.
The building was reopened as a venue in 2007, as a celebration of Tara Arts’ 30th Anniversary.
The theatre hosts a theatre scheme called Arts Beat, aimed at engaging 14-23 year olds in every aspect of a career in theatre.