A doll’s house of a theatre, with rickety wooden chairs as seats, the Gate devotes itself almost exclusively to foreign drama, often in specially commissioned new translations, and an increasing number of dance theatre works. The Gate sees itself as something of a ‘springboard’, nurturing up-and-coming talents before ushering them towards the bright lights. Alumni include Jude Law, Kneehigh’s artistic director Emma Rice and Rachel Weisz – and until 2003 they weren’t even able to pay cast or crew. The Gate Theatre may be small budget and small scale (with a mere 70-person capacity) but its intrepid programming has earned it a reputation that draws punters to its unlikely Notting Hill home. Careful you don’t miss it, however, as its unassuming doorway is barely visible between the Prince Albert (a good pre-theatre pub with a rare London beer garden) and a giant WH Smith.
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Pembridge Rd (above the Prince Albert Pub)
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The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco
Wakey wakey, rise and shine, you’ve been asleep for the last eight years and you’re now in prison. That’s essentially the situation the eponymous protagonist of Andrew Whaley’s 1991 play finds himself in. In Zimbabwe in 1986, Chidhina, Jungle and Febi...Thu March 5th 2015 - Sat March 21st 2015Read morePembridge Rd (above the Prince Albert Pub) London London W11 3HQ
The Liberian civil war is the troubled setting for this play, which sees its European premiere as part of the Gate Theatre's Freedom Burning season, which focuses on the struggle for liberation. Danai Gurira's play follows four young women, members of...Thu April 23rd 2015 - Sat May 16th 2015Read morePembridge Rd (above the Prince Albert Pub) London London W11 3HQ