ARCOLA , Dalston E8 ( seats 200) Theatrical hub of Hackney. Work from established and emerging artists, with great links with local community. Always an interesting and varied programme and the food from Cafe Otto is sensational
https://www.arcolatheatre.com/. 5 minutes Dalston Overground
BARKING BROADWAY ( seats 340) Hugely diverse programme from Variety, Children’s shows, Comedy, Tribute acts and Touring Companies. Community Arts Centre too
http://www.thebroadwaybarking.com/sales 5 minutes Barking Tube and NR
HACKNEY EMPIRE E8 (seats 1275) Offering such a wide range. From award winning shows to Tributes, Comedy, Community works and Panto. In addition, a well respected effort offering local community insights and help in to the Arts or performing in the choir.
https://hackneyempire.co.uk 3 minutes Hackney Central, North London Line
HALF MOON Young People’s Theatre, Limehouse, E1 (seats 62) Just off Commercial Road, close to Limehouse Basin, which is a day out in itself…..This one is for the kids. Affordable and great fun
https://www.halfmoon.org.uk/ 2 minutes Stepney Green tube
HOXTON HALL, Hoxton Market ( seats 220) Club nights, Gigs, and Theatrical endeavours of varying calibre. This is a great community outlet and Arts centre. Breeding ground of the up-and-coming and ones-to-watch.
https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/ 5 minutes Hoxton, London Overground
KENNETH MORE THEATRE, Ilford ( seats 365 / studio 50 ) The yearly Panto is relished by the locals. Otherwise, mix of Touring shows, Children’s, Comedy, Tribute and Amateur offerings.
https://www.kmtheatre.co.uk/ 5 minutes TFL Ilford
QUEEN’S THEATRE Hornchurch, Havering ( seats 500) In recent years, Queen’s has really upped it’s game. Switching from more a receiving house to a number of interesting Co-Pro’s with some big theatres, leading to some great shows being shown here.
https://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/ Hornchurch and Emerson Park tubes
The SPACE COMMUNITY theatre , Isle of Dogs E14 ( for 60 to 145) Solid Community Theatre and Arts Centre. Showing all manner of creations from local creatives, ranging across Theatre, Music and Dance. Great programme to help people get involved too. Good food at Hubbub, restaurant come bar, above.
https://space.org.uk/ Mudchute DLR
THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD East This East London 465-seat venue is moving in new and important directions,under the leadership of Nadia Fall. An exciting venue for modern, multi-cultural London. Good food and drinks to be had at the in-house Theatre Workshop Bar.Otherwise, Westfield .
http://www.stratfordeast.com/ 10 minutes Stratford tube
The YARD THEATRE, Hackney Wick E5 (seats 100) Edgy, brave and fresh. An artist’s hub in the heart of Wick. Lots of interest, occasional mega-hit. Food is great from the bar, vegan treats a go-go. Great opportunities for involvement too.
https://theyardtheatre.co.uk/ Hackney Wick NR
YE OLD ROSE AND CROWN , Hoe St E17 (seats 70) Cracking pub in the heart of Walthamstow. Delicious food, Sunday roasts especially but also a quality pop-up line up. Offers solid pub theatre, Caberet, bit of stand up. Mixed bag, really.
http://www.yeolderoseandcrowntheatrepub.co.uk/ 5 minutes Walthamstow Central NR