The Old Red Lion is most famous for the matchbox-sized fringe theatre that sits above it, staging no-budget productions of plays both old and (mostly) new. But the pub itself shouldn’t be overlooked: it’s not quite a world away from the boisterous boozers on Upper Street, but it’s certainly a welcome relief.
Although it could use a spruce-up, it’s a handsome place at heart, part-partitioned by an etched-glass screen and otherwise furnished with old-fashioned pub booths, tables and stools. Your company at the bar will be a mix of quiet pint-nursing regulars (the beer is very decent, with Harveys Sussex Best among the five ales), pre- and post-theatre drinkers, the occasional student (City University is down the road) and refugees from the alcoholic turbulence closer to the Angel.
|Venue name:||Old Red Lion||Contact:|
418 St John Street
|Opening hours:||Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Angel tube|
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The Old Red Lion's spine-chilling Christmas show is an adaptation of 'Benighted', the haunted house novel that inspired a host of imitators - 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' included. It's J.B. Priestley's story of a group of travellers stranded in rural...Off-West End Until Saturday January 7 2017Read more
M R James: Ghost Stories For Christmas
There's a chill in the air this Christmas, as three spine-tingling tales take up residence at the Old Red Lion Theatre. They've been adapted into one man shows which will be performed by R M LLoyd Parry on three separate nights: 'A Pleasing Terror', 'Casting...Drama Monday December 12 2016 - Saturday December 24 2016Read more
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Just found this place, this year. Great drinks and a massively varied programme of theatre... Can see why it is an Offies winner!
Creative theater, really well performed in an intimate setting. A great, informal way to integrate theater into culture in greater depth. I have seen very funny, very poignant and quite challenging pieces. A gem.