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  • Almeida Theatre   The Almeida Theatre, opened in 1980, is a 325 seat studio theatre with an international reputation which takes its name from the street in which it is located, off Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington. The theatre produces a diverse range of drama and holds an annual summer festival of contemporary opera, music and theatre. Successful plays are often transferred to West End theatres.   Link  Google Map
  • Arcola Theatre   Arcola Theatre is a studio theatre in Dalston, in the London Borough of Hackney. The theatre's ambition is to create and present high-quality theatre with a social and political relevance to its multicultural local community as well as a wider audience. The theatre has a large black box space and two smaller studios below. There is a café and bar in the foyer. The theatre also runs a number of community arts activities including youth drama and a writers' programme.   Link  Google Map
  • BAC (Battersea Arts Centre)   The Battersea Arts Centre (often abbreviated to "BAC") is a performance space near Clapham Junction in Battersea, in the London Borough of Wandsworth that specialises in music and theatre productions. Sometimes, it is referred to as the National Theatre of the Fringe a venue where new productions are first performed and honed prior to tours or possible transfers to the theatres of the West End.   Link  Google Map
  • Bush Theatre   The Bush Theatre is based in Shepherd's Bush, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It was established in 1972 above The Bush public house, and has since become one of the most celebrated new writing theatres in the world. An intimate venue renowned for its close-up storytelling, the theatre holds a maximum audience of approximately 80. In 2007 the Bush Theatre appointed Josie Rourke its Artistic Director.   Link  Google Map
  • Cochrane Theatre   The Cochrane Theatre is a receiving and producing theatre that aims to present all aspects of the performing arts within a proscenium arch. The theatre is situated in Holborn, London.   Link  Google Map
  • Donmar Warehouse   Donmar Warehouse is a small not for profit theatre in the Covent Garden area of the London Borough of Camden, with seating for 250 playgoers.   Link  Google Map
  • Drill Hall   The Drill Hall is a theatrical venue in Bloomsbury in the London Borough of Camden, just to the east of Tottenham Court Road. It contains rehearsal rooms and meeting rooms, and two small theatres - the 200-seat Drill Hall 1 and a 50-seat studio space, known as Drill Hall 2. Its name derives from its original use, as a drill hall for the Bloomsbury Rifles. It became a theatre in the 1980s after many years of being used as a rehearsal hall and, in the 1960s, as an art gallery for the Tate Gallery’s exhibition of the McAlpine Collection. It has a notable artistic history, in the 1900s, Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes rehearsed here. During World War II it was used for Ralph Reader's Gang Shows.   Link  Google Map
  • Gate Theatre   The Gate, London’s international theatre in the heart of Notting Hill, is renowned for its inventive use of space and the exceptional artists it attracts. An environment in which artists can create first-class and original theatre, the Gate is a springboard of opportunity, allowing emerging artists to excel and make their mark. With an average audience capacity of seventy, the space has challenged and inspired directors and designers for 30 years, making it famous for being one of the most flexible and transformable spaces in London.   Link  Google Map
  • Greenwich Theatre   The Greenwich Theatre is a local theatre located in Croom's Hill close to the centre of Greenwich in south-east London.   Link  Google Map
  • Hackney Empire   The Hackney Empire is a theatre on Mare Street, in the London Borough of Hackney, built in 1901 as a music hall.   Link  Google Map
  • Hampstead Theatre   Hampstead Theatre is a theatre in the vicinity of Swiss Cottage, in the London Borough of Camden. It specialises in commissioning and producing new writing.   Link  Google Map
  • ICA   The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is an artistic and cultural centre on The Mall in London, just off Trafalgar Square. It is located within Nash House, part of Carlton House Terrace, near the Duke of York Steps and Admiralty Arch. It contains galleries, a theatre, two cinemas, a bookshop and a bar.   Link  Google Map
  • King's Head Theatre   The King's Head Theatre, founded in 1970 by the late Dan Crawford, is an Off-West End venue in London. It was the first pub theatre in the UK. The theatre is located in the back room behind the bar at the King's Head pub on Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington. The small area creates a very intimate setting for actors and audience alike.   Link  Google Map
  • Lyric Hammersmith   The Lyric Hammersmith is a theatre on King Street, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, which takes pride in its original, "groundbreaking" productions. It has two main performance areas: the Main House, a 550-seat 19th-century auditorium, rebuilt from the original Frank Matcham-designed theatre, which hosts its main productions; and the 120-seat Studio, which houses smaller productions by up-and-coming companies. The Lyric also presents frequent "Lyric Children" and "Lyric Music" performances as well as "Sunday Night Comedy"   Link  Google Map
  • Orange Tree Theatre   The Orange Tree Theatre is a 172-seat theatre at 1 Clarence Street, Richmond upon Thames in south west London, built specifically as a theatre in the round. Exclusively presenting its own productions (and occasional co-productions with the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough), it specialises in staging new plays and neglected classics. It also operates an educational programme called Shakespeare for Schools, part of the Primary Shakespeare Project first devised by Sarah Gordon (director) and Christopher Geelan in 1989. which tours fully-costumed adaptations, given by professional actors, in school halls around south west London and Surrey. Since 1986 the theatre has run a Trainee Director scheme, each year appointing two young assistant-directors, who direct and present a showcase production at the end of their term. Graduates of this arrangement have included Rachel Kavanaugh, Timothy Sheader, Sean Hol, Dominic Hill and Anthony Clark.   Link  Google Map
  • Oval House Theatre   The Oval House Theatre is a theatre directed by Karena Johnson in the London Borough of Lambeth. Its address is 52-54 Kennington, Oval, London, SE11 5SW.   Link  Google Map
  • Riverside Studios   Riverside Studios is a production studio in West London. It hosts contemporary and international dramatic performance, film, exhibitions and television production.   Link  Google Map
  • Roundhouse Theatre   The Roundhouse is a former engine shed (or roundhouse) now used as an arts and concert venue in Chalk Farm, London. Built in 1846, it ceased to be used as an engine shed by 1867, and underwent various uses before being abandoned just before the Second World War.It re-opened in 1964, now as an arts venue, when the playwright Arnold Wesker established the theatre company Centre 42 in the building. The Roundhouse has hosted various notable concerts, including the launch of the underground paper International Times in 1966, The Doors in 1968 and Greasy Truckers Party in 1972. The owners, Greater London Council, handed control to Camden Council in 1983 when Centre 42 ran out of funds, and the building remained unused until a local businessman bought the Roundhouse in 1996 and arts events returned. It was closed again in 2004 for a £29.7m redevelopment, reopening on 1 June 2006 with a new show Fuerzabruta, from the makers of De La Guarda. Since 2006 it has served as one of the venues for the BBC's Electric Proms, and has also hosted award ceremonies such as the BT Digital Music Awards and the Vodafone Live Music Awards.   Link  Google Map
  • Sadler's Wells   Sadler's Wells Theatre is the name of six theatres that have been built since 1683 at a site on Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington. The present day theatre seats 1,500 and specialises in dance, ranging from ballet to hip hop, contemporary dance to flamenco. Opera, theatre, visual arts and dance on screen also feature in the mix.   Link  Google Map
  • Soho Theatre   The Soho Theatre is a theatre in the eponymous district of the City of Westminster. It presents new works of theatre, together with comedy and cabaret. The theatre is also home to a Writers' Centre, which provides support to new writers, aimed at developing writers to work in theatre as well as film, TV and radio. The Centre accepts unsolicited scripts sent by budding writers. The theatre has a late night stand-up comedy, cabaret, and performance programmes. It often features new comedians of the Edinburgh Festival, as well as established comedians such as Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand working on brand new material.   Link  Google Map
  • Theatre 503   Theatre503 is located at 503 Battersea Park Road in Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth, above The Latchmere Pub. It is a performing arts venue which specialises in new work.   Link  Google Map
  • Theatre Royal Stratford East   The Theatre Royal Stratford East is a theatre in Stratford in the London Borough of Newham. Since 1953, it has been the home of the Theatre Workshop company.   Link  Google Map
  • Tricycle Theatre   The Tricycle Theatre is located on Kilburn High Road in Kilburn in the London Borough of Brent, England. It is a publicly subsidised performing arts venue which specialises in new work with political themes, including plays by Irish, African-Caribbean, Jewish and Asian writers, reflecting the mix of communities in the area. The Tricycle Theatre was created in 1980, as a conversion of a Foresters Hall, and rebuilt after being destroyed by a fire in May 1987. The complex has been expanded several times and now comprises a 230 seat theatre, a 300 seat cinema, a large rehearsal studio, a visual arts studio for educational use (the Paint Box), a smaller theatre/workshop space (the James Baldwin Studio), a workshop room (the Creative Space), a cafe-bar and an art gallery. All stages of the development were designed by Tim Foster Architects.   Link  Google Map
  • Unicorn Theatre   The Unicorn Theatre is a producer of professional theatre for children in Britain. It is based in a RIBA award winning centre in Tooley Street, in the London Borough of Southwark, opened in 2005. The centre was designed by Keith Williams, built by Arup and comprises two theatre spaces (the Weston and Clore Theatres), an education studio, rehearsal space and café.   Link  Google Map
  • Warehouse Theatre   The Warehouse Theatre is a professional producing theatre with one hundred seats in the centre of the London Borough of Croydon, based in an oak-beamed former cement Victorian warehouse. It is acclaimed for its commitment to new writing, including its annual International Playwriting Festival, in partnership with the Extra Candoni Festival of Udine in Italy and Theatro Ena in Cyprus. Youth theatre is also important, with the resident Croydon Young Peoples' Theatre (CRYPT) and including an annual collaboration with the Croydon-based Brit School. Within the building there is also a popular CaféBar.   Link  Google Map
  • Young Vic Theatre   The Young Vic is a theatre in The Cut, located near the South Bank, in the London Borough of Lambeth. It specialises in giving opportunities to young actors and directors. The theatre is publicly subsidised and has a high artistic reputation. Playwright David Lan has been the theatre's artistic director since 2000. Its philosophy is to "produce great plays for great audiences, now and in the future".   Link  Google Map

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