Theatre , Private theatres Kilburn
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North London's most vibrant theatre

A vibrant one-stop-shop for culture in north London, the Tricycle packs a lot into its medium-sized frame: bar, kitchen, cinema and of course a theatre. Long run by Nicolas Kent, whose tenure was marked by pioneering work in the field of verbatim theatre, the current artistic director is Indhu Rubasingham, who maintains a diverse but socially conscious programme.

The venue found itself the centre of a national controversy in 2014 after refusing to host that year's Jewish Film Festival so long as it received funding from the Israeli government (then engaged in a bloody conflict on the Gaza Strip). However, matters appear to have been smoothed over, and Rubasingham's tenure has largely been popular and successful.

In 2016 it is due to have a £5.5m upgrade that will, amongst other things, increase the size of the auditorium by 25 percent.

Venue name: Tricycle
Address: 269 Kilburn High Rd
Opening hours: 10am-10pm Mon-Sat, 3-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Kilburn
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Average User Rating

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Blink and you'll miss the entrance - hopefully the forthcoming upgrade will remedy this.  Just 5 minutes walk from Kilburn Station (Jubilee Line), an area yet to be "gentrified".  The cafeteria inside is comfortable and welcoming - though strangely, no sandwiches or savoury snacks for lunch - only cooked meals.  The shows here are of a very high standard, with world famous names and incredibly good value ticket prices.  A very comfortable, charming theatre. 


The most comfortable cinema in London. Those who complain about leg room will find no cause for concern here. The theatre here is hit or miss, but you can't fault the Tricycle's commitment to interesting new writing. And the small gallery/cafe makes this a decent place for coffee as well, making this a genuinely multipurpose arts centre - and a fixture in Kilburn.

Chris A

A great, local venue with some really engaging and challenging theatre and a big, comfortable cinema which regularly has cast Q&As and pre-show events. There's also a decently priced bar and loads of activities for kids. I always feel at home here!

Sarah E

Such a fantastic local venue- you get it all- films, theatre, food, buzz and atmosphere! How great is that!

Tom Bruce

A live-action performance of The Gruffalo which took place at the Tricycle theatre has left me scarred for life. Still, I love the place. The stands are all made out of scaffolding, great for mid-play intermission calisthenics workouts, and its atmosphere is expertly curated to the gritty North West London lifestyle. Cheap but charming, and edgy as an only slightly dulled serrated blade - you know, it's maybe been used thirty or forty times, to cut open oranges or a watermelon here and there, but its sharpness is still close to that of its factory fresh brethren.  

Dora L

I voted for the tricycle because I think it's an amazing venue easy to get to and it ogfers a fantastic variety of entertainment for all kinds . Tricycle rocks!

Reshma M

A West End Theatre in Kilburn. A theatre that aims to reflect the community that built it.

Maxine S

After decades of frequenting the Tricycle theatre, I cannot in good conscience continue to do so and I will not renew my membership.  As a Jewish woman, I now find myself totally unwelcome in this independent Arts Venue.  The reason for this is the very recent boycott of the UK Jewish Film Festival.  The UK Jewish Film Festival is totally apolitical.  By demanding that they actively reject funding from the Israeli Embassy, the Tricycle has pushed them into a corner, a Catch 22 if you like, and demanded that they either become political, or they are not welcome in the establishment. This is deeply unfair and was only ever going to end one way.