★★★★★ "A spanking new five-star neighbourhood theatre." Independent
Park Theatre is the brainchild of Artistic Director, Jez Bond, and Creative Director, Melli Bond, who – following a six year London-wide search for a building – discovered a vacant office block next to Finsbury Park station in 2010. Garnering support from the theatre community at large – including luminaries such as Ian McKellen and Alan Rickman, the press and, importantly, local residents they set out to raise the necessary funds to convert the tired concrete building into a thriving new theatre and beacon for the community. At a cost of just £2.6 million, the building, designed by David Hughes Architects, opened in May 2013 to rave reviews from the critics.
★★★★★ "A stunning £2.5 million playhouse." Guardian
Highlights of the opening season included the UK premiere of These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich with a superb cast which included Honeysuckle Weeks and Charity Wakefield and the world premiere of Oliver Cotton's Daytona, starring Maureen Lipman – which went on a UK tour.
★★★★ "Shining ladies light up our newest stage." Daily Mail
★★★★ "Charity Wakefield is transfixing in the lead role." Evening Standard
★★★★ Telegraph "This is a compelling and deeply humane production and one I warmly recommend"
★★★★ The Times "I have never seen Lipman stronger"
Park Theatre's vision is for national recognition as a powerhouse of theatre for diverse audiences across London and the South East. Park Theatre's mission is ‘to be a welcoming, vibrant home for the local community and beyond, providing world class entertainment that challenges perceptions and enables people to build a new tradition of theatre’.
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Read the press coverage of the build.
Read our blog going back to June 2010 - as we started to dig trial holes on site.
Park Theatre (company no. 7091161) is a registered charity (no. 1137223).
"This will undoubtedly be the new theatre that you just have to go to." OneStopArts