Theatre In West London
If you get excited by the smell of the grease paint and
the roar of the crowd you’ll find plenty of venues
to visit in West London.
Combine some light alcoholic beverages with some cracking
drama at The Gate Theatre [map],
Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate. The Gate was established
in 1979 and has an illustrious history. Former artistic
directors include the founder Lou Stein, Stephen Daldry,
Giles Croft, David Farr and Mick Gordon, who in addition
to their success at the Gate have gone on to do excellent
work elsewhere including at the world-famous National
The Gate is located above The Prince Albert
pub [map] which offers theatre-goers the opportunity
to enjoy a drink before heading upstairs to see the
latest dramatic offerings.
The sets are usually minimal and the theatre has flexible
seating, you never quite know what you’re going
to see here and The Gate often puts on pieces of an
Another pub theatre is located at The Bush Theatre [map],
Shepherds Bush Green. The Bush Theatre was founded in
1972 above the Bush Pub. Focussing primarily on new plays,
it has been home to many burgeoning playwrights early
in their careers, like Billy Roche, Tony Kushner and Conor
Again, The Bush gives theatre-goers the opportunity
to combine an evening entertainment with pre-show drinks
The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith [map],
King Street, is a hidden away gem in a busy London high
street. The Lyric is perhaps one of the most surprising
theatres in the area offering ambitious programming and
seasons of startlingly good new writing.
The Lyric offers innovative drama, great value tickets,
free first nights and bargain Mondays and caters for
a real mixed-bag audience from across the city.
To see some of the best talent in the area check out The
Questors Theatre [map],
Mattock Lane, Ealing. The Questors Theatre is the UK’s
largest amateur theatre and was established in the 1930s.
A 4000-strong membership produces exceptionally high quality
plays and offers courses for all ages in theatre.
It also has a very lively social club in The Grapevine
Members can get involved in all aspects of production,
as well as participate in the running of events, marketing,
front-of-house, and other activities. This proves the
perfect grounding for those keen to move on to professional
theatre work, or if you’re simply looking for an
exciting and unpredictable hobby.
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