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Culture in Finsbury Park - The Park Theatre

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A review of the Park Theatre, a small theatre in Finsbury Park that showcases new writing talent as well as reviving neglected work.

The Park Theatre

The bright red exterior of the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
The warm and welcoming exterior of the Park Theatre

Mention Finsbury Park to the average Londoner and it's probably unlikely that culture, still less theatrical culture, is the first thing that will come into their head. But thinking locals know that the Park, only established in 2013, is already proving to be one of the most interesting off-West End theatres in London.

And the added bonus for our customers is that it's within walking distance of Kent Hall Hotel.

Their mission statement says:-

We present world class theatre, collaborating with the finest existing and emerging talent.  We programme classics through to new writing, distinguished by strong narrative drive and powerful emotional content. We produce both in-house and in partnership with the most excellent existing and emerging producers, for whom we endeavour to provide an unparalleled level of support.  

With a welcoming and nurturing environment we want Park Theatre to be accessible to everyone, within our diverse community and beyond – and through affordable ticket pricing and outreach programmes we aim to engage those with little or no experience of theatre.
 
We aim to be a beacon for all and an ambassador for theatre worldwide.

Park Theatre website, 11th September 2016

On this mission I think they deliver. In the last few months I've been to a play about the modern supermarket industry and its effect on its suppliers, workers and management (honestly, it was funnier and more thought-provoking than that rather dry description makes it sound!) written by a first time playwright. And just this weekend we went to see a revival of a neglected piece by the twentieth century writer J. B. Priestley - a very funny and relevant drawing room comedy from the 1930s.

An added bonus is the excellently appointed café/bar where you'll often find yourself rubbing shoulders with the cast or if you're lucky even with some theatre royalty - on Friday night we were supping wine in the company of Sir Derek Jacobi! I should add that the bar is open outside theatre hours if you just fancy somewhere to have a quiet drink and a nibble.

So if you're coming to London to soak up some culture you don't necessarily have to go into the West End. Save yourself a tube journey (and about 50 quid, the tickets are much more reasonably priced round our way) and go to the Park. You won't regret it.

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