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“Mind the stairs!”
Review of Finborough Theatre

Finborough Theatre
Ranked #701 of 1,839 things to do in London
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Owner description: London's leading Off West End theatre.
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Some really unusual plays performed here. The actual theatre is up some stairs that could be forbidding for the less sure footed.
The pub downstairs can be noisy and expensive, but for the purely theatrical experience its worth a high rating.

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

We saw 'Adding Machine: A Musical' here: excellent production and very well performed. It deserves to transfer to a larger theatre. We then had drinks in the pub and ordered pizzas at the bar from Firezza, a takeaway next door. The pub was very relaxed and friendly. I wish this place was in my neighbourhood - I would be a regular.

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Reviewed 26 May 2016

What kind of theatre would be above a pub? You might imagine something on the fringe. In London, the Finborough Theatre fits that bill. And what an excellent theatre it is!

The intimate setting lends to the enjoyment of the theatre. It may seat 50 if a few people like each other very well. Seating is arranged on small tiers on two sides of the stage. Because of the layout and small size, no microphones are used. This may lead one to believe they are watching a play unfold in someone's living room or on a street corner.

Unpretentious applies to both the theatre and the pub downstairs. A bit quirky but not intending to change. The actors change the settings themselves, and many locals visit the pub. But friendly -- the front row seats could easily find themselves involved on the stage action.

The Finborough has a reputation for presenting new writers, and "Stone Face" was a brilliant, thought-provoking, yet entertaining first play by Eve Leigh. The audience was very involved in the story of young Catherine. As a side note, it was easy to tell everyone was focused on the play when the lights went up. Nearly everyone who had a drink from the pub had plenty to finish off. Their focus had been diverted elsewhere, to the stage.

Near Earl's Court and West Brompton lines. No lift is available to the theatre, and it's a steep climb up windy stairs. But it's worth the trip!

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Reviewed 16 April 2016

Great theatre seating around 50 people on tiered bench seats. You go upstairs to get to the theatre, there is a central aisle with seats to the right and left. The stage space is small but I saw the matinee of Princess Caraboo (finishes 22 April) which had a cast of 10 who were all on stage at the same time with scenery and props and 3 live musicians and they still had space to dance! If you can get a ticket for this musical (£16 - £18) do make the time to go. There are some very funny parts in the play, it's a good story line, costumes were lovely, lighting was spot on and the musicians were excellent. It was remarkable that for a new musical people were humming the songs in the interval!

The theatre does special deals for under 30s on Tuesdays, and for Kensington and Chelsea residents.

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Reviewed 26 February 2016

We learned of the production, Weald, through Time Out. I bought tickets online before leaving home. The theatre is warm and welcoming. The production was very good. I'd always check out the season when planning a trip to London. Near the Earl's Court tube station.

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