The 5 most innovative theatres in London
1) Arcola Theatre
Arcola is a locally engaged and internationally minded theatre that has a growing reputation under the artistic directorship of Mehmet Ergen. There’s an exciting and diverse programme of challenging plays by new writers, as well as opera and musicals. It’s a boutiquesized theatre but it has great ambition, showcasing cutting-edge work from emerging companies.
2) Bush Theatre
This small, good-value and friendly theatre has long had an international reputation as a home for new plays and exciting voices. Recently moved into a former community library next to Shepherd’s Bush Market, it has 144 seats, a garden space and cafe bar. Their provocative and entertaining programme commissions work from leading and emerging companies across the world.
3) Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court has had an international reputation since opening in 1956, and is still at the forefront of creating restless and provocative theatre about contemporary issues. The English Stage Company is resident, performing the work of new and international writers. The 19th-century red-brick building is grand and Italianate, housing a small downstairs and large upstairs theatre, and a cafe bar.
4) Young Vic
The Young Vic is known for being a ‘directors’ theatre’ with David Lan programming eclectic and leftfield productions of new and classic plays and attracting directors from around the world. In recent years its reputation has only increased for staging progressive and innovate productions. As well as the light-industrial and intimate Main House there are two studio spaces and a good bar kitchen.
5) The Yard
This new and exciting fringe theatre, located in the warehouse hinterlands near the Olympic Park, performs awardwinning work by new writers. The venue seats 111 and is a converted courtyard warehouse with corrugated roof and concrete floor. It has a growing reputation for putting on late-night DJ events at weekends.
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