What you need to know about New Diorama Theatre:
New Diorama Theatre is an 80-seat theatre near Regent’s Park. It opened in 2010 and has quickly secured a reputation among theatre fans for programming top quality fringe theatre.
Their emphasis is on helping develop new writers and performers. They really put both their money and their resources where their mouth is. The programme is a mixture of experimental and more traditional pieces of theatre. If you want to see a small-scale show with something interesting to say about modern life, this could be the place, as New Diorama Theatre has a penchant for scheduling shows that are well-researched and insightful, without becoming to bogged down in an ‘issue’. That’s not to say they’re all about being serious, though. They also get into the festive spirit with alternative pantomimes and comedies.
Top facts about New Diorama Theatre:
- New Diorama Theatre hosts the annual Incoming Festival. Similarly to Vaults Festival, Incoming programmes the best in new fringe theatre pieces, including many still at various stages of development. They’re incoming and they’re well worth catching.
- New Diorama Theatre is specifically dedicated to new theatre companies. Rather than just nurturing individuals, the theatre focuses on emerging ensembles and helps them to make new work.
- Their contribution to theatre has been recognised by a series of awards and grants. These include the Peter Brook Empty Space Award in 2016, which they received for creating a “vital creative hub for established and emerging theatre companies”.
Key information about New Diorama Theatre:
Tube: New Diorama Theatre is five-minutes walk from Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines), Warren Street Station (Northern and Victoria lines) and Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines).
Train: The closest mainline station is Euston, which is about 10 minutes walk from the theatre.
Bus: Bus numbers 18, 27, 30, 88, 205, 453, C2 and also N18 all travel close to the venue.
Parking: The New Diorama is on a pedestrianised estate, so you cannot park at the theatre. However, there are car parks at Euston Station and on George Mews.
Despite being a small theatre, the New Diorama is good when it comes to access. The whole building, including the auditorium and the ND Café & Bar, is accessible to wheelchair users. They also have accessible toilets and welcome working dogs. To arrange a space in the theatre for a wheelchair, or to discuss any other access requirements, please contact the Box Office directly.
Please note, they do not have a hearing loop in the auditorium, but they do schedule captioned performances.
New Diorama Theatre offers discounted ticket rates to all disabled and deaf visitors, and also to any carers coming to the theatre with them. Please arrange these directly with the Box Office.
The New Diorama has a captioned performance for all shows that run for more than two weeks at a time. It also holds relaxed performances where changes are made to the lighting and sound design of the show to make it less likely to cause any upset to those watching. Dates and times for both types of access performance can be found on the theatre’s website.
New Diorama Theatre is home to the ND Café & Bar. This friendly and uplifting space opens at 7:30am each day, when it starts serving coffees and breakfast. Later in the day it serves salads, soups, sandwiches and more for lunch. It then morphs again into an attractive venue for buying pre- and post-show drinks and snacks. We recommend the carrot cake.