This neon-lit Soho venue is a megastore for the best comedy and fringe shows in town
Its cool blue neon lights, front-of-house café and occasional late-night shows may blend it into the Soho landscape, but since taking up residence on Dean Street in 2000 Soho Theatre has made quite a name for itself.
Across three studio spaces, it puts on an eclectic line-up of work from some of the biggest names in comedy, spoken word, and cabaret, and hosts at least six different shows a night. If ever there were a place in London to get a year-round taste of the Edinburgh Fringe it's here, with its eclectic programming, late shows and ever-buzzing bar. Just don't expect to find deep-fried haggis on the menu - teas, coffees, and wine are the order of the day at Soho Theatre's chic cafe/bar, which is reliably packed out after 6pm.
It has to be said that Soho excels in almost every area apart from the production of good in-house theatre shows, something it's consistently struggled with (though it has many fine co-productions). But this barely impacts on anybody's good time, and it's hard to hold it against the most fun theatre in central London.
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21 Dean St
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Gabriel Bisset-Smith’s ‘Whitewash’ is a moving, political exploration of what it means to belong when your sense of identity, race and even family are unclear.In a show inspired by his own life, Bisset-Smith plays Lysander, the white son of a mixed-race...Drama Until Saturday July 27 2019
The View UpStairs
Max Vernon's new musical about a lost gay nightclub comes to Soho Theatre after a run Off-Broadway. ‘The View UpStairs’ is inspired by the story of a New Orleans gay bar that went up in flames in a deadly homophobic attack in 1973. It follows a 21st century...Musicals Thursday July 18 2019 - Saturday August 24 2019
Crafted from interviews with patients in a Welsh hospice, 'The Colours' is all about our attitudes to death and the future. It's Harriet Madeley's follow-up to hit verbatim theatre piece 'The Listening Room', which explored the aftermath of a violent...Drama Tuesday July 30 2019 - Saturday August 17 2019
Zoe Coombs-Marr: Bossy Bottom
We love a bit of comedy about comedy, and Aussie favourite Zoe Coombs Marr is one of the best at it. She's previously performed as 'Dave' – an ace parody of lazy stand-up. But now she's wiped of the Sharpie beard and being herself again.Solo shows Saturday August 3 2019 - Saturday September 21 2019
Luisa Omielan: God Is A Woman and Jesus Was A Feminist (Work-In-Progress)
BAFTA Breakthrough Comedian 2019, Live at Apollo star and Comic Relief host Luisa Omielan tries out some brand new ‘haven’t-even-thought-about-it-yet material for an upcoming project.Stand-up Monday August 5 2019 - Saturday August 17 2019
Greg Proops – The Smartest Man in the World
The multi-talented star of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' records his superb, topical podcast (or 'Proopcast', if you will) in London. No script, just an hour of off-the-cuff thoughts and conversation from this US comedy master.Wednesday August 28 2019
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Just a minute or two off Shaftesbury Avenue , yet the theatregoing experience is so different here. I love this place. The bar is worth a visit all on its own. The performances and spaces are varied. I have seen everything from the bonkers Rubber Bandits downstairs to some pretty cool theatre and comedy in spaces upstairs. I wish London had more places like this right in the heart of town.
Right in the heart of Soho with nice eating and drinking establishments nearby, there is always a good show on here without the prices of larger venues - I love it.
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