The Park Theatre
|Park Theatre, Park Theatre Cafe Bar|
|Address||11-13 Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park
London N4 3JP
The Park Theatre is a theatre in Finsbury Park, London which opened on 8 May 2013. The artistic director, Jez Bond, intends its programme to include new writing, classics, 19th Century drama and musicals.
In November 2009 Bond acquired a disused office building at 11-13 Clifton Terrace. Planning permission was granted in October 2010. The theatre was designed by David Hughes with assistance from theatre consultants Charcoal Blue. The £2.2m cost was met by private donors and by the sale of flats built above the theatre. The main theatre seats 200 in two tiers around a thrust stage, there is also a 90 seat studio theatre and a cafe bar. Backstage are three dressing rooms, a green room, wardrobe, offices and prop stores. An education floor on site was planned but required significant fundraising.
Open Book Accounting
Bond has talked about the importance of transparency and operating an open book accounting policy with regards to both in-house and incoming productions.
Park Theatre won the The Stage's Fringe Theatre of the Year Award (for 2014) in January 2015.
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