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What You Need To Know About Kiln Theatre:

The Kiln Theatre is located on Kilburn High Road and is a popular theatre and cinema. The building, originally known as the Tricycle, opened in 1980 and a 300-seat cinema was added in 1998. In April 2018, it was announced that the venue would be relaunched as Kiln Theatre when it reopened in September 2018. The announcement followed a £7 million redevelopment project known as the Capital Building Project.

The massive renovation work involved a new auditorium, new front of house space, new cafe/bar areas and improved access throughout the building, including more wheelchair spaces in the auditorium.

The theatre’s programme is a dynamic mix of comedy, drama and film, with the occasional bit of spoken word poetry and live music. The theatre frequently programmes shows that reflect the cultural diversity of London. In recent years it has won an Olivier Award and seen two of its shows transfer to the West End.

The cinema screens NT Live and RSC Live broadcasts, including encore screenings. So, if you miss out on tickets for a big theatre shows, there’s still a chance of catching them here!

The current Artistic Director is Indhu Rubasingham.

Top Facts About Kiln Theatre:

  1. The name ‘Kiln Theatre’ was chosen to reflect the local area of Kilburn, and because a kiln is a hot, fiery oven for forging new artworks in.
  2. The old name of the Tricycle Theatre came from the fact the the building originally served as the home for the Wakefield Tricycle Company.
  3. In 1987, the then-Tricycle Theatre was severely damaged due to a fire that started in a timber yard nearby. Luckily it managed to reopen just two years later.

Key Information About Kiln Theatre: 


Tube: The closest tube station is Kilburn High Road (Jubilee line), which is just over five minutes’ walk from the theatre.

Train: Brondesbury station is approximately three minutes’ walk from the theatre.

Buses: Buses serving the area include numbers: 16, 31, 32, 98, 189, 206, 316, 328 and 332. To plan your journey in more detail please visit the Transport for London website.


The area around the Kiln Theatre is largely residential, so parking options are limited. There are parking controls in place from 8:30am to 6:30pm on weekdays, including bank holidays.

There are two Blue Badge bays directly outside the theatre’s entrance on Buckley Road, plus one space outside the Kilburn High Road entrance.

Accessibility info:

The Kiln Theatre has been voted one of the 10 most accessible theatres in West London by the Octavia Foundation, and things are only set to improve further!

The theatre’s Capital Project looks to improve access to all areas of the theatre, including backstage and into the auditoriums. One of their plans is to install eight wheelchair spaces in the theatre.

Currently there is level access to the theatre at both entrances, but please note the Kilburn High Road entrance is closed until they reopen in September 2018. There are also lifts to two wheelchair spaces in the cinema. The theatre is also fitted with accessible toilets.

There are infra-red hearing systems in the theatre spaces so if you would like to use these, please speak to the box office. You’ll need to request that the box office seats you in a forward-facing seat in the Stalls. You’ll be given a headset to use with the system from the box office, who will also give you a short ‘how to use’ guide.

Working dogs are welcome and can come into the auditorium or be looked after by a member of staff. Please let the box office know if you want to take a dog into the auditorium so they can book the best seat for you.

Accessibility discount?

The Kiln Theatre offers a free ticket for one person accompanying a visitor with access needs to the theatre, so you can take someone with you at no extra cost. Visit the access page of their website and download the Access Patron Membership form to arrange this. 

Access performances:

The Kiln Theatre provides Audio-described, Captioned and Relaxed performances. Visit their website for details. During Relaxed performances, extra lighting will be used and any blackout or strobe lighting will not be included.

The Kiln Theatre also boasts a cinema that shows subtitled screenings on Thursday matinees and Sunday evenings where possible. You can find out more information on their website.

Join the Kiln Theatre’s access mailing list by sending an email to [email protected] or phone the access telephone line on 020 7625 0138.


Part of the Capital Projects involves creating a brand new café space for visitors to the theatre and cinema, so watch this space for more details.

For more information visit the Kiln Theatre’s website.