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Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
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.
Gate Theatre Pembridge Road (above the Prince Albert Pub)
What's on at Gate Theatre
A transfer from New York from this solo work from Suli Holum and Deborah Stein about a girl with a rare medical condition. Part of the Gate's 35th anniversary season, which explores complex female roles, the play looks at Jennifer Samuels' world as it...
Could 15 year-old Kalki be the 10th incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu? It'll be hard to tell because she's vanished. In Aditi Brennan Kapil's new play Kalki's two bemused friends who only met her a week ago try to explain to police where she might have...
The small but weighty Gate Theatre in Notting Hill celebrates 35 years of programming challenging and entertaining plays this year and their anniversary season - which features a host of complex female protagonists - looks intriguing. It opens with this...