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This Finsbury Park theatre offers an ever-changing line-up of new shows
Park Theatre counts some of theatre's biggest names amongst its fans, not least Ian McKellen, who recently donated the proceeds of a week-long run of his solo show to the theatre's kitty. And these friends in high places, plus plenty of local donors, mean that it's a much more professional outfit than your average unfunded neighbourhood theatre.
It puts on around 20 new shows a year, in two spaces: main stage Park200 and smaller studio Park90. They're generally new writing, but of a slightly more staid variety than you'd get at the likes of Bush Theatre or Theatre503. Expect a mix of issue-led dramas, new comedies, and star vehicles for veteran British actors. Its biggest hit so far has been David Haig's 'Pressure', which landed a West End transfer in 2018.
Park Theatre is housed in a shiny modern building tucked away on a quiet street behind Finsbury Park station. It opened in 2013, under the auspices of artistic director Jez Bond, who oversaw the building's £2.6 million creation from an old office block which stood on the site. Park Theatre has two cafe/bar areas - a spacious one upstairs, and a more hectic one downstairs - and both are popular with both laptop-toting locals and theatre fans waiting to see a show.
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Stuart King’s full review of “Faceless” for LondonBoxOffice, link below:
A perfectly sized theatre showing a good range of plays. And if you just want to pop in for a coffee, you can even take your dog with you!
This new venue packs a huge cultural punch. I've been amazed by the quality of the shows they've staged since opening.
Saw brainstorm and a night with Jimmy saville this year, brilliant venue, great space, quirky and cool.
Award-winning programming, and a really lovely atmosphere in the bar and cafe areas - what's not to love?
an absolute gem! I've seen 4 productions here, all first rate, excellent cast, staging, direction etc and at a more reasonable ticket price than the west end
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