What you need to know about The Courtyard Theatre:
The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton is not far from Old Street station. It’s a Grade II-listed red brick building containing two theatre spaces. The main house seats 150, while the studio space seats 80. They also have rehearsal spaces available for use.
Along with theatre, dance, comedy and musicals, The Courtyard Theatre also programmes visual art, music and independent film events. You’re likely to catch a whole mixture of fringe theatre shows here from national and international companies. Their schedule includes experimental work and scratch nights. As with the Battersea Arts Centre, there’s a chance of seeing new and talented performers here before they become better known. In 2015, they programmed King Lear With Sheep, a show that included a pen full of live sheep in tiny costumes. And if that doesn’t serve as recommendation for a venue, we don’t know what does!
Top facts about The Courtyard Theatre:
- The Courtyard Theatre is home to the Court Theatre Training Company which runs a range of courses including a BA Hons in acting.
- The building was originally the Passmore Edwards Free Library. It takes its name from the Victorian politician and philanthropist who funded it.
- The modern The Courtyard Theatre stands only a few hundred metres from two of the first purpose-built playhouses in England. They were located here because they are just outside the City of London and therefore didn’t have to abide by the same rules as those inside the area.
Key information about The Courtyard Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube station is Old Street (Northern line) which is about five minutes walk. Alternatively, Shoreditch High Street or Hoxton (East London line) are about 10 minutes walk. There’s also Liverpool Street station (Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines) that will take you about 15 minutes to walk from.
Train: The nearest mainline station is Liverpool Street, which runs regular rail services to Kings Cross and Waterloo. It’s about 15 minutes walk from the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers: 21, 43, 55, 76, 141, 205, 214, 271, N35, N55 and also N76 all stop at Old Street. To plan your journey, please visit the Transport for London website.
Parking: Parking in the area is limited. However, there is a NCP on Great Eastern Street and a small Union car park on Clere Street.
The Courtyard Theatre building is home to the Iambic bar. It is open to ticket holders and members of the public. They specialise in wine and stock bottles from across the globe. They also have an extensive cocktail list.