Time Out says
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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