If you’re familiar with Franz Kafka, you’ll be aware of the themes so often present in his work: isolation, alienation, mental and physical struggle – the epitome of ‘Kafkaesque’. Acclaimed German director Gabriele Jakobi’s adaptation of Kafka short story Reports to an Academy at the Old Red Lion homes in on all these themes, and adds animal rights into the mix.
‘Be prepared to laugh & cry’: DIVERSIFICATIONS – Old Red Lion ★★★★
Life is complicated, relationships especially so, and Natalie Ekberg’s new play Diversifications at the Old Red Lion offers valuable insights into how the decisions we make can affect both.
‘A dark premise that feels disturbingly possible’: SNOWFLAKES – Old Red Lion Theatre
I was surprised when I discovered this is Robert Boulton’s debut play as a playwright, as there is a confidence and natural dark humour I’d associate with a more experienced writer.
‘Uneasy watch, but a necessary one’: THE LESSON (Online review)
At slightly under 40 minutes, The Lesson has moments which are both hilarious and educational, as well as making the audience think about the truly shocking messages being discussed.
Rev Stan’s Lockdown London walks lead to the Old Red Lion Theatre
London has an abundance of pub theatres, and the Old Red Lion in Islington is one of my favourites. The space is tiny with pew-like seating on two sides of the tea-tray sized stage.
‘Promising play which packs an emotional punch’: STAR MAN (Online review)
Following a staged reading last year at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre, new play Star Man has made its livestream debut to raise vital funds for LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt.
‘Compelling triptych of plays’: Nuclear War / Buried / Graceland – Old Red Lion Theatre
Nuclear War, Buried and Graceland at the Old Red Lion Theatre become a compelling triptych of plays all connected by the themes of love, loss, trauma and existence.
’Interesting triptych of plays’: Nuclear War / Buried / Graceland – Old Red Lion Theatre
The Old Red Lion’s put together an interesting triptych of plays that, if you’re short for time, allow you to experience the gamut of human experience.
’Wants to make you think’: LAST ORDERS – Old Red Lion Theatre
The Knock Knock Club (Reece Connolly, Christopher Keegan, Caroline Buckley) investigate the venue and present their findings in Last Orders, as part of the London Horror Festival.
Best of the Blogs: The Mates give their verdicts on Peter Pan, The Worst Witch, Crystal Clear & more
Best of the Blogs: The Mates give their verdicts on Peter Pan, The Worst Witch, Shackleton’s Carpenter & more
‘Feels curiously dated’: CIRCA – Old Red Lion Theatre
I was a big fan of Tom Ratcliffe’s VELVET at the VAULT Festival and so was intrigued to catch this production of his debut play Circa at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Hurrah for pub theatres
Let’s hear it for pub theatres. Unheard of when I was a London teenager in the 1960s, there are now over 70 of them across the capital and they’re beginning to mushroom in other big cities too.
FEATURED SHOW: Check out these ★★★★ reviews for Anomaly at Old Red Lion Theatre
“A gripping production” and an “important play” featuring “top notch performances” – critics and bloggers have been full of praise for WildChild Productions’ #MeToo drama Anomaly at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Take a look at what they had to say, then book your tickets for this “pacy, perceptive debut play”.
‘All the actors deliver top-notch performances’: ANOMALY – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★
Written by Liv Warden and directed by Adam Small, Anomaly is informed by recent events and the multifaceted accounts of women.
NEWS: Off West End announces 89 finalists for 2019 Offies awards
Off West End, the agency supporting the work of independent, alternative and fringe theatres in London, has now announced the 89 finalists for 28 of its Offies awards categories. In 2018, Offies assessors were invited to 400 shows across 80 venues across London, resulting in 430 nominations across 28 Offies categories. The Offies panel of assessors and critics have now …
PHOTOS: Peek into the rehearsal room for new post-Weinstein drama Anomaly
While many of us have been eating far too many mince pies and celebrating the turn of the year, the team creating new drama Anomaly, have been hard at work preparing the play that opens at the Old Red Lion Theatre next week.
‘I think any women’s story is an important story to tell’ – Adam Small on taking a leap and staging Anomaly
New play Anomaly shines a light on three women affected by an abuse scandal – not those that have been abused, but the daughters of the abuser. Director Adam Small told us why he felt this was a challenging but important story to tell.
NEWS: Anomaly brings tale of surviving sisters to Old Red Lion Theatre in 2019
What happens to the families of high profile men arrested for their abuse of power? That’s the question posed by new play Anomaly, which premieres at the Old Red Lion Theatre from 8 January to 2 February 2019.
‘All really rather good fun’: ON YOUR HEAD BE IT – Old Red Lion Theatre
There’s nothing quite like being smacked around the head by the brilliance of a theatre company and that was my experience the first time I saw Out of the Forest Theatre with their striking take on the story of Lizzie Borden – Bury the Hatchet. So, of course, I was delighted to find their newest show popping up as part of the London Horror Festival at the Old Red Lion.
‘It demands that you listen’: Hear Me Howl – Old Red Lion Theatre
One woman, her drums and a whole lotta rage against the patriarchy, Hear Me Howl is a defiant roar at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
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