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Five of the best theatre pubs in and around Shoreditch
The East End has quickly become known as the hub of the arts scene, as well as one of the coolest places in London to party. So it seems only right to combine two of our most loved pastimes, nights out and taking in art, in one innovative venue. Here Jenny Greenwood lists five of the best theatre pubs in the area, where you can enjoy groundbreaking drama in the comfort of your local pub.
115 UPPER STREET
LONDON N1 1QN
The King’s Head Theatre was founded in 1970 and was the first pub theatre in England since the days of Shakespeare. It is well known in the theatre world for challenging productions that excite and provoke, as well as the more famous work of playwrights such as Harold Pinter, Terence Rattigan and Noel Coward.
418 ST JOHN STREET
Since its foundation in 1979, Old Red Lion has hosted some of Britain’s most exciting theatrical talent and created some of London’s most innovative theatre.
They also produce RedFest, the off West End New Writing Awards, taking place at the moment.
2 SHEPPERTON ROAD
Once a Victorian music hall, The Rosemary Branch Theatre prides itself on producing an eclectic mix of art and entertainment, especially the work of emerging talent in the area. It is also well known for its wide variety of ales on offer, perfect to enjoy after the show!
THE BRITANIA PUB
VICTORIA PARK ROAD
In 2010, Matt Henry and Gabriel Vick, two actors from the West End wanted to open a small fringe venue where other actors, writers and directors could rehearse and produce new work. The New Britannia Theatre now nurtures new musical theatre and dramatic work, cabaret-style productions and special events for all the family.
1-5 CURTAIN ROAD
Bar, club and art collective, Queen of Hoxton boasts an extraordinary array of entertainment, with a programme of music, art, photography, screenings and on-stage performances.