Gate Theatre (London)

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Not to be confused with Gate Theatre Studio or Gate Theatre.
Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London

The Gate Theatre is a theatre in London. According to its mission statement, the Gate is "a home for anarchic spirits, invigorating theatre, and restless creative ambition," welcomes "anyone who wants to change the world," and is dedicated to debating "the biggest questions that face humanity" and serving as a "loudspeaker for unheard voices from across the globe." [1]


Originally a studio near Covent Garden, the Gate Theatre was opened in 1925 and quickly established a reputation for presenting British premieres of foreign classics and contemporary work, including plays by August Strindberg, Eugene O'Neill and later John Steinbeck and Jean Cocteau. With actors such as Robert Morley, Flora Robson and Cyril Cusack, the Gate was an important fixture in British Theatre, until it was destroyed by bombing in the Blitz in March 1941.

The Gate was re-established in 1979 at its current premises in Notting Hill. The smallest “off-West End” theatre in London, the Gate produces work in-house in its 70 seat, transformable space.

The Gate has won numerous awards for its work including Olivier, Critic’s Circle, Peter Brook, Fringe First, LWT and Time Out awards. Its work has been nominated for Off West End, Stage, Evening Standard, Carol Tambor, Amnesty International, and South Bank awards.[2]

Some of the actors and practitioners to have worked at the Gate include Stephen Daldry, Jude Law, Kelly Hunter, Rachel Weisz, Alex Kingston, Kathy Burke, Sam Shepherd, Sir Peter Hall, Sarah Kane, Katie Mitchell, Nancy Meckler, Mick Gordon, and Ian Rickson.

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  1. ^ "About Us". Gate Theatre. 
  2. ^ "History". Gate Theatre. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′34″N 0°11′51″W / 51.5094°N 0.1975°W / 51.5094; -0.1975