The Red Hedgehog

Theatre , Fringe Highgate
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Red Hedgehog is relative newcomer to London’s arts scene, a mini 100-seat concert hall and theatre in Highgate that opened in 2006. Throwing its slight weight about to great effect, the venue has welcomed a host of fine musicians to the stage including Peter Donohoe, Emma Kirkby and Burning Bush, as well as curating a good mix of theatre, children’s shows, exhibitions and youth drama workshops. It’s been doing so well, in fact, that founder Clare Fischer opened a second Red Hedgehog a 47-seat studio space next door in 2010, with a plan to produce more in-house works with a focus on the classics.
Venue name: The Red Hedgehog
Address: 255-257 Archway Rd
N6 5BS
Transport: Tube: Highgate; Bus: 43, 134, 263 bus
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3.8 / 5

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Glen C

A complete nightmare. It was very awful. The entire place smelt like damp, mould and all other disgusting things. In the words of an audience member, "fresh urine". In a theatre, you should feel safe. Safe enough to leave your belongings around without fearing the owner will take them. Clearly not in this theatre. My jumper was stolen within moments of setting in down on one of the rotten chairs. Not to mention, one of the actor's dairylea dunkers were pinched and we watched her nibble them without guilt infront of us. The theatre had suffered a flood and I'm not surprised as the theatre looked as if it had suffered an earthquake rather than a flood. During our performance she behaved like a tramp. I hate to be rude but she began the evening by dropping a tray of wine onto an audience member. She claimed to have been knocked over by somebody and embarrased us all by screaming at them. Worse than that, she tried to sell her disgusting charity shop vinegar poundland wine for £6 a glass. I understand we all need to make a living, but we don't need to be paying £6 for a glass of vinegar that probably would give you a disease. This was then followed by her trapping an audience member's head in the door. This caused much pain. To top it off, she was plunging the toilet in the middle of the scene. Whilst we were trying to enjoy our hardworked scene, she was pulling up feces from the toilet. It was truly revolting. The dressing room was unsafe and had no back door. It was unsafe and also very cold. So disgusting and there was smashed glass and leaves everywhere. The little space there was, was littered with dust and germs. I am surprised that nobody caught some kind of disease- malaria possibly, or even a STD. If you go there, I warn you of catching aids. It was that unhygenic. I was scared for the safety of the performers especially after researching her and hearing about how she assulted somebody. I would not be surprised. The tiered seating was a flop and was just a few boxes. It took her a very long time to even consider getting out the staging we needed to rehearse. And everytime we asked she just got angrier. It was a horrible experience and I pray for the owner. Pray for Claire. I wish that our hardwork could have been truly appreciated, instead it was wasted as a result of lack of cleaning supplies. 

Alison Sharp

A lovely space and probably one of the friendliest in London. Took my little boy to a children's concert there and thought the way the concert was organised was very clever for that age group (6). I couldn't agree with the birthday party remark below. My 3 year old went to a friend's birthday party held there and it was an exceptional experience.


This venue also organise children's party. Why? the worst birthday party, the organiser had no a clue and extremely rude.

Marcel mann

Our first visit, Peter Doahoe playing Beathoven opus 109,110,111, we were so mooved and spellbound by the playing and the closness of the music that my wife and I did not say a word for a full hour after the concert, we have talked of nothing else ever since. an unbelievably unexpected and wonderful experience.