What you need to know about Park Theatre:
North London’s Park Theatre only opened in 2013, but it made an impact pretty quickly. Housed in a specially-converted, modern building, Park Theatre has two spaces: Park 200 and Park 90. As suggested by the names, the first of these seats 200 people and is their main house space. The second seats 90 and is their studio theatre space.
Jez and Melli Bond (Artistic and Creative Director respectively) conceived the idea for Park Theatre. They then raised the £2.6 million needed to create the venue.
Many of the plays and musicals on its programmes are either in-house productions or created in partnership with other companies. There’s an emphasis on staging new and contemporary works. Comedies feature frequently in their seasons, and they often get famous names on the cast sheets.
Top facts about Park Theatre:
- Before being transformed into the attractive-looking theatre it is today, Park Theatre was the home of an old concrete office block.
- Both as supporters and as actors in its productions, Park Theatre is good at getting familiar faces on board. Support for the theatre’s creation in 2010 came from stars including Alan Rickman and Ian McKellen.
- Park Theatre is a dog-loving venue. They have a resident pooch named Hazel. She stars in a short video on their website showing visitors the route from tube station to theatre.
Key information about Park Theatre:
Tube: Park Theatre is 4 minutes walk from Finsbury Park tube station (Victoria and Piccadilly lines).
Train: Finsbury Park station is also served by Great Northern trains and Overground services.
Bus: Many buses travel close to the theatre. Those that most frequently stop at the Finsbury Park interchange include numbers 19, 106, 153, 236, N19. For more information and to plan your journey visit the Transport for London website.
Parking: On-street parking is available, but please be aware that a lot of it is restricted (usually until 6:30pm). In addition to this, there are more restrictions on days when Arsenal are playing at home.
Extra: On days when Arsenal are playing at home, Finsbury Park station can get really busy, so please leave extra time to get to the theatre and check the fixture lists before hand. Park Theatre often makes note of football games on its website as well.
Park Theatre is a modern theatre that is particularly good when it comes to access requirements. The building and both auditorium spaces are wheelchair accessible. They also have accessible toilets and spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium.
An infra-red hearing loop runs in both theatre spaces, and you can borrow headsets from front of house staff.
Working dogs are welcome in all parts of the building. If you want them to come into the theatre space with you, please let the box office know in advance and they can book you an aisle seat.
Park Theatre provides a free ticket for one person accompanying a registered disabled person to any of their access shows. To arrange this, please contact the box office directly.
Park Theatre runs a range of access shows including captioned, audio described, relaxed and dementia friendly, parents and babies, deaf friendly and family friendly.
You can find details on their website and tickets can be booked directly with the box office. Additionally, you can email any questions to [email protected].
Park Theatre has a warm and welcoming café bar used both by locals and visitors to the theatre on a regular basis. They open from 8am on weekdays, serving make-your-own breakfast boards, bacon butties and fresh coffee. Later on in the day they specialise in vegan options and seasonal foods, before becoming an evening hangout offering a great selection of cocktails and craft beers. Oh, and if you get there between 5 and 6pm, you can take advantage of their happy hour – perfectly timed for theatregoers.