What you need to know about Chickenshed Theatre:
Chickenshed Theatre is home to an inclusive theatre company. They specialise in creating theatre for both children and adults, along with running successful community and outreach programmes. In 2011, Chickenshed launched a branch in Kensington and Chelsea, with a focus on addressing the gap between high income and low income families living in the area.
The North London venue features the 300-seat Rayne Theatre, a smaller studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and a café/bar. The company moved into the building in 1994.
Along with being a venue for performances, Chickenshed Theatre is used by youth theatre groups, weekend and holiday workshops and education programmes, including BTECs, Foundation Degrees and Degrees.
Chickenshed’s focus on education and community goes right back to its humble roots. In 1974, Mary Ward, a teacher, and Jo Collins, a singer/composer, founded the company. Ward’s experience as a teacher made her aware of the benefits of teaching drama to children, particularly those who struggled with other academic subjects.
The company takes its name from the old chicken shed that Ward and Collins used in the beginning. This was replaced by church halls until they were finally able to move into Chickenshed Theatre in 1994. From the late 1980s, The Princess of Wales supported of Chickenshed and its pledge to be a fully inclusive company.
Lou Stein is Artistic Director.
Top facts about Chickenshed Theatre:
- Shedlink is Chickshed’s project that helps people to set up their own “sheds”. Along with many sheds in the UK, the project also boasts two in Russia.
- In 2013, Chickenshed launched Young Creators, a programme designed to help young people gain the necessary skills and qualifications for a career in theatre.
- In 1997, a group of children from Chickenshed recorded I Am In Love With The World. The record reached number 15 in the UK singles charts.
Key information about Chickenshed Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Cockfosters (Piccadilly line), which is a 10 minute walk from the venue. Alternately, Oakwood (Piccadilly line) is a 12 minute walk from the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers 298, 299, 307 and N91 all stop outside the theatre. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
Parking: Free parking is available directly outside Chickenshed Theatre. To reserve easy access spaces, please contact the box office.
Chickenshed Theatre is wheelchair accessible and there are also wheelchair spaces in the Stalls area of the theatre.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on 020 8292 9222 or email [email protected].
Discounted rates are available for visitors booking tickets to access shows and for wheelchair spaces in the Stalls area of the theatre.
Chickenshed Theatre includes captioned, audio described and BSL-interpreted performances in its schedule. For more information on future shows, please visit their website or contact the box office.
Brothers Grill is a family-friendly restaurant serving food and drink throughout the day. Starting with coffee and croissants in the morning, they move on to a Mediterranean-inspired lunch menu, followed by affordable evening meals and a children’s menu. The theatre advises booking a table in advance if you plan to eat before seeing a show. In the evenings, the space is also used for live music and comedy performances.
You can book the cafe for children’s birthday parties alongside watching the Tales from the Shed show that runs on a Saturday.