Shoreditch Theatres

Shoreditch Theatres Shoreditch has a long theatre tradition dating back to The Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse that was the second permanent theatre built in England. Opened in 1576, performances by William Shakespeare were hosted at The Theatre. Materials were used to build The Globe after the venue was dismantled in 1598. A new theatre is set to rise on the site, although several other facilities are found close in and around Shoreditch.

Shoreditch Town Hall

Shoreditch Town Hall features several spaces for theatre and other productions, including the Victorian Assembly Hall, haunting basement spaces and a grand Council Chamber. The home of the area's local government until 1965, the building was restored into an independent venue. The atmospheric venue dates back to 1866 and reopened in 2005. Shoreditch Town Hall is a ten minute walk west of the Old Street tube station on the Northern Line. The theatre is also a six minute walk north of the Shoreditch High Street London Overground station.

Shoreditch Town Hall strives to be a creative hub for East London and a place for new and emerging artists to showcase their talents. From contemporary theatre to dance performances, the venue is also used for various events including exhibitions. The Shoreditch Town Centre is also home to The Theatre, a professional theatre company focused on children and youth. Founded in 1953, the touring company also offers an extensive education programme.

The Courtyard Theatre

The Courtyard Theatre is located at a former library building on Pitfield Street in Hoxton, close to the site of The Theatre. The site of the Curtain, another of England's early playhouses built in 1577, is also nearby. Originally opened in 1897 as the Passmore Edwards Free Library, an exhibition about the building's history is housed at the Courtyard Theatre. The refurbished building features residential accommodation on the upper floors, performance spaces and rehearsal studios. The complex is also the home of the stylish iambic bar. The Courtyard is a seven minute walk from Old Street tube station, which is south-west of the theatre. The theatre is also approximately a ten minute walk north of the Shoreditch High Street station.

The Courtyard includes the 150-seat Main House Theatre and the 80-seat Studio theatre. The main theatre can be arranged in traditional end-on and in-the-round configurations, offering a versatile space for productions and an intimate experience for theatregoers. In 2011, the theatre hosted the UK's first festival honouring horror in the performing arts. The London Horror Festival was produced by The Courtyard and the Theatre of the Damned. Major productions in recent years have included a revival of Meredith Oakes' play Faith.

Rich Mix Centre

Housed in a former garment factory, the Rich Mix Centre is home to a variety of productions and events representing diverse cultures from around the world. The venue is operated by Rich Mix, a charity and social enterprise dedicated to the arts. The contemporary venue hosted 469 arts and culture, educational and film events in 2012-13, including 214 free events. The centre boasts a flexible 400-seat space for various types of events, as well as two smaller spaces and a boardroom. An on-site café also operates at the Rich Mix Centre. Situated on Bethnal Green Road, the venue is a four minute walk west of Shoreditch High Street station.

The Rich Mix Centre hosts a range of events, including music concerts, comedy performances, talks, spoken word performances and poetry readings. The centre also stages dance and theatre productions throughout the year. The Rich Mix centre also hosts festivals and exhibitions that showcase the works of artists, photographers and writers, as well as promote awareness of various cultures. In addition to serving as a performing arts venue, the centre features three state-of-the-art boutique cinemas for studio, independent, art house and world films and documentaries. It is also the home of the Tamasha Theatre Company. Founded in 1989, Tamasha is perhaps best known for its award winning East is East and Balti Knights, as well as various Bollywood-inspired musicals.