Theatre In North London
London’s world famous West End seems to cast a large
shadow over other theatres in the capital, but you may
find that there are some in north London worth shining
a light on.
In 1996 the Pleasance Theatre [map] opened a London franchise to partner its well-known Edinburgh
venue. The aim was to put on innovative and exciting productions,
and if you look at their programme you’ll see they’ve
probably succeeded. The Islington venue is home to two
spaces a smaller studio area called StageSpace,
which was created to nurture new creative voices while
the main stage shows musicals, drama, comedy as well as
previews of Fringe Festival acts in spring/summer.
Because of its inclusive attitude Jackson’s
Lane [map] in Highgate has a diverse range of performances
on the programme. Dance, Drama, Comedy and much, much
more are all able to take centre stage throughout the
year. The theatre also supports the local community’s
appetite for the arts by offering classes and workshops
for young and old alike.
Also with a broad menu of entertainments to enjoy is the Millfield Arts Centre [map] in Edmonton. You’ll
find popular dramatic and musical productions alongside
touring comedy and several “An evening with…”
Islington’s Little Angel Theatre [map] has something more unique to offer theatre goers. As the oldest puppet theatre in England, it showcases
the best of puppetry not just for kids but for anyone
willing to discover the power of this unconventional art
The capital is soon to have a new multifunctional arts
centre in north London. The Arts Depot [map] is a purpose built venue housing two state of the art
theatres alongside exhibition areas and studios. Although
the programme of events didn't start until September 2004,
the venue has already managed to attract artist patrons
including world renowned solo percussionist Evelyn
Glennie OBE, actor Richard Wilson OBE and actress Miranda Richardson.
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