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“Small, but famed pub theatre”
Review of Finborough Theatre

Finborough Theatre
Ranked #702 of 1,841 things to do in London
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Owner description: London's leading Off West End theatre.
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Some of the best theatre in London isn't in the West End at lavish West End prices, but on the fringe circuit. Theatres such as Jermyn Street, the White Bear in Kennington, the Questors in Ealing and this venue above a pub in Earl's Court, offer more intimate but equally beguiling dramatic encounters. We saw a revival of Jerome K. Jerome' almost-forgotten 'The Passing of the Third Floor Back', a haunting and often moving - if at times quaintsy - play by the author of 'Three Men in a Boat'. The pub downstairs is invariably packed, so head to the nearby Troubador for a slice of 50s/60s bohemia.

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Reviewed 15 May 2017

For new plays and serious writing, we always head to the Finborough Theatre. Recently we saw "Everything between us," a very good production. Highly recommended for supporting a new generation of playwrights, acting, and performance.

Good restaurants nearby; easily accessible by bus and tube.

Thank Nancy2005
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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.

Thank ThomasMann11
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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!

Thank redink46142
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