Discovering London’s Theatres: New Diorama Theatre

One of the things that makes the Stagedoor community stand out from the crowd is the desire to stay ahead of the curve – to seek out the most exciting artists making work in our city.

In London’s thriving theatre eco-system there are few better spots for discovering theatre makers on the rise than New Diorama Theatre. NDT specialises in finding brand new theatre companies and launching them into the stratosphere.

London is lucky that it has quite a few theatres that make an effort to nurture new writers – far more so than most big theatre cities – but the founders of New Diorama Theatre recognised that companies are often overlooked. That’s why, almost ten years ago, NDT was founded as the first theatre dedicated to collaborative ensembles. They take a risk on them, give them the space and resources to develop and then champion their work when it’s ready.

They’ve had a host of phenomenal successes lately; including Operation Mincemeat, Dinomania, Queens of Sheba, The War of the Worlds, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True and 4.48 Psychosis. Our critic, Lyn Gardner, called the New Diorama “contemporary theatre’s most significant enabler of new talent” – and it’s no surprise they won The Stage newspaper’s 2019’s Innovation Award.

If you’re new to New Diorama Theatre, and this has piqued your interest, we recommend you head to their profile on the app and give them a follow. Or – if you’re already a regular there – you should go a step further and build a habit of following the companies who you discover there. The next time they have a show on in London, whether it’s at NDT or elsewhere, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear about it.

Coming up at New Diorama Theatre over the next few weeks we have an hit from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – Art Heist – a comedy caper that leaves you “leaves you grinning and scratching your head” according to the Guardian. Following that is 4.48 Psychosis – the acclaimed revival of Sarah Kane’s haunting play about mental health. It was one of the big successes of 2018 and is returning for two weeks before their new year of new programming begins in earnest.

Situated right by Warren Street station, this is definitely a theatre to check out. And their next two shows are great ones to catch if you’re new to the theatre.

Discovering London’s Theatres: Wilton’s Music Hall

We begin this new blog series with Wilton’s Music Hall. And what a place to start…

Wilton’s might just be the most beautiful theatre in all of London. It’s ornate frontage looks like it belongs in Florence or Venice rather than the heart of East London.

You see, this Grade II listed building is in fact the world’s oldest grand music hall. It began life as an alehouse in the 1740s and reached its hayday in the nineteenth century as it evolved into a concert hall crammed to the rafters with audiences from across the East End. It takes its name from a man called John Wilton who bought it in 1859, but it has survived to the present day because of what it means to people in the area. This building wasn’t just a centre of working class culture – from the end of the 19th century through the early 20th century it also served as one of the biggest soup kitchens in London, feeding the starving families of striking dock workers in times of industrial strife.

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Introducing: Theatres of London

There are few greater pleasures than discovering something new that you end up falling in love with it; whether it’s a book, a song or a piece of theatre.

Stagedoor is all about curiosity; helping those with a passion for theatre to seek out new experiences. Our app is designed to help you push your cultural horizons, whether you’re someone who is just beginning to figure out what you like – or a certified theatre-buff.

One of the wonderful things about the medium of theatre is the relationships you can build with the theatres themselves. Each one has its own unique identity, its own special brand of programming and a unique community of people who congregate around it.

That’s why we’re starting a new series of blogs all about theatres. We’re going to post about our favourites from across the city and give you our 2 cents on what makes them unique. And if you like what you read, you can follow these theatres on the Stagedoor app:

You see, when you follow a theatre on Stagedoor you’ll begin to see their shows in your For You feed.* By following more theatres on the app, you make your Stagedoor experience more personalised – helping you to stay up to date with the theatres you love the most.

So, without any further ado, let’s start with our first featured theatre: the gorgeous Wilton’s Music Hall

*currently IOS only but the For You section is coming to Android soon!

Top 10 Most Anticipated Shows of the Camden Fringe

The sun is shining and it’s festival time across the country! Kicking off in North London this week is the raucous & fabulous Camden Fringe Festival.

With so many shows to choose from, it can be hard to know what to see.

To help you get started, we’ve created this shortlist of the ten shows that our users are already buzzing about!

So without further ado, here’s the Top 10 Most Anticipated shows of the Camden Fringe, according the Stagedoor community:

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A Year in Review: A big “thank you” to you, the Stagedoor community

At the heart of Stagedoor has always been a community of people that have a real passion for theatre. In the last 12 months this community has grown enormously, surpassing 40,000 members.

Our mission is to bring more people closer to theatre. We believe that we can only achieve this by harnessing the passion of our community.

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