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|
418 St John Street
|Opening hours:||Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Angel tube|
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Rachel Tooke’s play looks at the intergenerational impact of trauma and mental health - inspired by events within her own family, from her grandmother’s early life in an abusive Irish Catholic orphanage to the suicides of her aunt and uncle, and her own...Drama Tuesday April 30 2019 - Saturday May 25 2019
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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.
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