Tristan Bates Theatre

Theatre, Off-West End Chinatown
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With close ties to the Actors Centre, Tristan Bates Theatre is a hotbed of new writing, performing and production talent. Works in progress as well as fully realised material created at the Actors Centre often make their debut at the theatre, while the venues own projects – Midnight Matinees (pieces performed at midnight) and Ignition (works written under the pressure of a two day deadline) – focus on generating innovative material with a twist.


Venue name: Tristan Bates Theatre
Address: 1a
Tower Street
Covent Garden
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Road/Covent Garden
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  • Drama Tuesday May 8 2018 - Saturday May 19 2018

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I came here to watch a short drama. The theater on the ground floor next to the reception is rather small with estimated 50 seats. There was good view from each seat. The production was very simple with 2 actors only. There was no elaborate set making the audience focused on the acting. The box office/ reception was only open around 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Those who came early could wait in the bar area downstairs. The venue was not fancy but it is value for money for a night out in the West End. I paid only £6 (part of a group ticket). 


This is an extremely affordable theatre in the West End featuring innovative writing with aspiring (mostly young) actors.  Set equidistant from Leicester Square and Covent Garden, it has a very chilled atmosphere and the dowsntairs bar area seating is spacious, comfortable and strewn with theatrical publications to keep you entertained. Disappointingly on a Saturday lunchtime, the bar was closed.  The small theatre upstairs is well racked and comfortable, with separate, well-cushioned chairs.  The sets are kept simple and there is a good view from all seats.  The airconditioning is very effective but over-noisy and at times it is a struggle to hear the voices of the actors on stage, so try and nab a seat near the front.  Still worth watching out for their productions - they tackle some very interesting topics that the more mainstream theatres would shy away from.  


A nice little workshop theatre in the heart of the west end with a cheap bar and interesting plays and musicals at decent ticket prices. Join the mailing list to find out what's coming up.