Highbury and Islington

Highbury and Islington Highbury & Islington is linked to the rest of London by the Victoria line, as well as London's Overground and First Capital Connects Northern City Line. The station serves several small performing arts venues in north London, including fringe and community theatres.

Almeida Theatre

The 325-seat Almeida Theatre in Islington is named after the street where it is located. The Almeida Theatre is about a 10 minute walk south from the Highbury & Islington station. An internationally renowned theatre, many productions staged at the Almeida go on to West End theatres. Opened in 1980, the theatre stages drama of all strips. It also hosts the annual Almeida Festival, a celebration of contemporary theatre, opera and music held each summer. The Almeida Theatre occupies a building that traces its roots back to the Islington Literary and Scientific Society, which opened reading rooms there in 1837. The building also featured a 500-seat lecture theatre, a library, a museum and a laboratory. In 1874, the building was sold to the Wellington Club. By 1890, the Salvation Army took over and remained there until 1955. In 1980, the building was renovated and re-opened as a theatre. During the 1980s, the Almeida Theatre established itself as a receiving house for fringe and avant-garde theatre. Touring companies regularly visited the theatre, including performing arts productions from outside the UK. Renovated again in 2003, the actor-friendly stage is backed by a curved wall of exposed brick.

Hen and Chickens Theatre

The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar is an intimate theatre and comedy venue in Islington. The fringe theatre hosts primarily stand-up comedy, as well as emerging theatre groups. Performances have included new writing, rehearsed readings, musicals, classical theatre, scratch nights, and Edinburgh Fringe previews. In recent years, featured acts have included Russell Brand and Jimmy Car. The 54-seat venue is set in a Victorian style pub. The fun and dynamic theatre is a two minute walk west from the Highbury & Islington tube station.

Little Angel Theatre

The Little Angel Theatre is a family-friendly puppet theatre off Upper Street. Opened in 1961 with The Wild Night of the Witches, the 100-seat theatre has staged successful revivals such as Dog's Don't Do Balley. Other productions have included The Night Before Christmas and Venus and Adonis, which featured Japanese Bunraku puppets. One of only three puppet theatres in England, the Little Angel also tours across the UK and around the world. The theatre also delivers an extensive education programme, including courses for children and youth. The Little Angel Theatre is about a 12 minute walk south of the Highbury & Islington tube station.

Pleasance Theatre Islington

The Pleasance is an independent theatre associated with a theatre of the same name in Edinburgh's Old Town. Situated behind the Caledonian Road tube station in Islington, the north London-based theatre is also a 20 minute walk from Highbury & Islington station. Opened in 1995, the Pleasance Theatre Islington features a 289-seat theatre and a second 55-seat performance space. Specialising mainly in comedy, the theatre has welcomed Russell Brand, Simon Amstell, Michael McIntyre, Mark Thomas, Mark Watson, Micky Flanagan, Adam Hills, Dara O Briain, Eddie Izzard and other established acts. The venue plays also hosts to previews for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Pleasance houses a number of resident companies, including the Islington Community Theatre and the London Urban Collective.