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||Contact:|
418 St John Street
|Opening hours:||Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Angel tube|
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Director Clive Judd has a way of making characters pop into three dimensions on stage. In just a few brief scenes, he can tease out what will make them gasp into life. It’s a skill he amply demonstrates with ‘Dyl’, which is the first show he’s directing...Drama Tuesday May 30 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
John Patrick Shanley's 1984 play is a story of two outcasts who fall in love in a Bronx bar, and struggle to find happiness in an unforgiving New York. This fringe revival is directed by Courtney Larkin, and its couple will be played by Gareth O’Connor...Drama Tuesday June 6 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017
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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.