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Some of London's leading directors have forged careers at this pub theatre
Ever since it was founded in 1979, the Gate has earned a reputation as one of London's smallest but best off-West End theatres. Over the decades, this Arts Council-funded Notting Hill space has become known for staging challenging work with an international slant. Most recently, artistic director Ellen MacDougall has presided over an impressive line-up of new plays with a European focus, staged with wit and imagination, in an auditorium that transforms for each performance. She builds on the work of previous boss Christopher Haydon, who looked to work from America, as well as the successful stewardship of his artistic forebears Natalie Abrahami and Carrie Cracknell.
The Gate Theatre's playing space is a 75-seater black box studio. Its unusually long and thin shape and central pillars that make it an exciting challenge for visiting set designers, who are funded to live out ambitious creative schemes via the Jerwood Designers Programme. There are also plenty of projects designed to work with young people from the surrounding Notting Hill community.
Gate Theatre's influence is entirely out of proportion to its miniscule size: the theatre's tiny foyer is an exceptionally cramped thing with no room for a bar. But it sits above the Prince Albert pub which boasts a great beer garden, and drinks can be brought upstairs.
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Gate Theatre's Europe-focused Autumn season continues with this response to Klaus Mann's 'Mephisto', a haunting narrative set in Nazi Germany, where a director is tempted to sacrifice his principles for fame. Writer Samuel Gallet and director Kirsty Housley...Drama Thursday October 3 2019 - Saturday October 26 2019
Land Without Dreams
Performance duo Fix & Foxy (named after a popular German cartoon, in case you were wondering) has made work across Northern Europe, offering disconcerting riffs on classics like 'Twin Peaks' and 'Pretty Woman'. Now, they're opening the Gate Theatre's...Drama Thursday November 14 2019 - Saturday December 7 2019
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Gate Theatre boss Ellen McDougall is at the helm of 'Faces in the Crowd', a new staging of Mexico-born writer Valeria Luiselli's magical realist novel. It's a story that blurs three narratives, set decades apart, to explore how lives can echo each other...Drama Thursday January 16 2020 - Saturday February 8 2020
Sylvan Oswald's ambitious-sounding queer love story uses Michel de Montaigne's fifteenth-century same-sex romance as a jumping off point to explore ideas of passion, activism and revolution. It's set in the days after the Second American Civil War, where...Drama Thursday February 27 2020 - Saturday March 21 2020
Poet Derek Walcott's 'Omeros' is his landmark work; in it, he reimagines Classical epic the Iliad for a setting on Caribbean island Saint Lucia. Now, it's coming to Gate Theatre's tiny stage. Actor Paterson Joseph will consult on a production that's directed...Drama Thursday May 7 2020 - Saturday May 30 2020
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