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What you need to know about The Yard Theatre:

The Yard Theatre is an exciting and experimental fringe theatre housed in a unique East London warehouse. Their programme focuses on contemporary performance, and they support new ideas, new writing and cross-genre theatre. They produce longer runs (normally of about 4 weeks) of shows, plus shorter runs of festivals of new work. You should head here to see some of the most innovative fringe theatre in London.

The building is a converted warehouse with a bar area and a raked auditorium that seats 110 people. They also have a kitchen space which is run by resident food companies.

In 2012, they won the Empty Space Dan Crawford Award for innovation. This was followed, in 2013, with the Empty Space Peter Brook/Mobius Award for their support of emerging artists, and, in 2014, the Off West End Theatre Awards Special Panel Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The Yard Theatre success has seen it transfer productions to the National Theatre (Beyond Caring, Chewing Gum Dreams) and collaborate with leading venues including the Young Vic and the Royal Court.

The Yard Theatre runs several local programmes and manages a local community centre, Hub67.

Jay Miller is the founder and Artistic Director.

Top facts about The Yard Theatre: 

  1. If you live in the E3, E5, E9, E15 or E20 postcodes, you can register for a free Yard Card. This entitles you to discounts on tickets and drinks in the Yard Bar, plus other special offers.
  2. The Yard Theatre’s auditorium was build in 2011 by 50 volunteers using reclaimed and recycled materials.
  3. A 2017 production of This Beautiful Future contained live chicks on stage!

Key information about The Yard Theatre:

Transport:

Tube: The closest tube station is Stratford (Central and Jubilee lines), which is a 15 minute walk to the theatre through the Olympic Park. Alternately, take the number 339 bus towards Shadwell.

Train: The closest train station is Hackney Wick (London Overground), which is a three minute walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 26, 30, 236, 276, 339 and 388 all travel close to the venue. To plan your journey in more details, please visit the Transport for London website.

Parking: Parking is free after 6:30pm on White Post Lane and Rothbury Road. Please make sure you check the meter and pay when necessary.

Accessibility info:

The Yard Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair spaces available in the theatre.

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the theatre on 020 3111 0570 or email [email protected]

Facilities:

The Yard Theatre has its own bar where visitors can buy alcoholic and soft drinks before and after performances. They’re well stocked with local craft beers and have a carefully selected wine menu. Food is served from 6pm. The Yard Kitchen is run by resident local chefs.

For more information visit The Yard Theatre’s website