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|Address||269a Archway Road, London
|Owner||Jacksons Lane Ltd|
|Capacity||160 theatre (250 with standing) plus 5 multi-purpose spaces|
Theatre and performance
Jacksons Lane is 'North London's Creative Space' based in Highgate, North London - a theatre, a centre for participation, and a space for new circus theatre companies and artists to create and perform. Housed in a striking red-brick gothic church conversion, the building is home to a 166 capacity theatre, a large scale dance and rehearsal studio, a cafe-bar and four other multi-purpose spaces.
The venue has a rich history of innovative work including a wealth of experimental visual theatre companies, as well as a strong history in contemporary dance and circus.
Jacksons Lane’s artistic vision is in the support of emerging and established artists working within the fields of contemporary circus and performance, and the production and presentation of exciting and innovative work. As such it is one of the UK’s leading producers of new small-mid scale circus, working across a range of strategic partnerships and was officially acknowledged in Sideshow Magazine's 'State of the Circus' report in 2014 as the UK's leading presenter and supporter of contemporary circus.
Jacksons Lane supports some 100 companies and artists every year, and offers valuable resources in the form of mentoring, space, production, commissioning, technical support, promotion and production. It has a growing roster of Associate Artists and in 2015 has commissioned two brand new productions as part of its 40th Birthday - exciting emerging collective Silver Lining with 'Throwback' and a brand new work from The Gandinis - 'Meta'.
The annual Postcards Festival runs each Summer and showcases an exciting range of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance, including shorts, solo work and new commissions. The building offers a range of spaces to facilitate the diverse disciplines within circus, whilst the height and depth of the RIBA award-winning theatre space offers support to such forms as aerial theatre, German Wheel and acrobatics. Jacksons LAne is a venue for Circusfest in association with The Roundhouse, hosts several productions each year as part of The London International Mime Festival and supports the annual Total Theatre Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Festival.
Jacksons Lane’s artistic programme of performance and participation is far-reaching, inclusive and accessible whilst constantly seeking to develop, grow and break new ground. The venue has a rich history of innovative work including a wealth of experimental visual theatre companies, as well as a strong history in contemporary dance and circus. Established names and companies such as Complicite, The Mighty Boosh, Shared Experience, Stephen Merchant, Out of Joint and Frantic Assembly have all performed or developed work at Jacksons Lane over the venue's 40 year history, and Matt Lucas and David Walliams (Little Britain) performed their first ever show as a duo at Jacksons Lane. Jacksons Lane was hailed as 'The Innovator' and 'a breeding ground for fast-rising talent' By Time Out London magazine.
Jacksons Lane has six spaces including its main theatre, as well as one of the largest and most striking dance and rehearsal spaces in the UK which combines contemporary cutting edge design with historical architecture. The theatre itself won a RIBA Community Enterprise award for its design by Tim Ronalds Architects: '‘Socially, aesthetically and technically the design offers inspirational lessons" (The Architects’ Journal). Jacksons Lane is managed by a board of trustees, chaired by co-founder Melian Mansfield. The Artistic Director is Adrian Berry and Chief Executive James Tilston.
Participation and education
Jacksons Lane hosts around 50 arts-based courses and training opportunities, ranging from circus to theatre training, dance and artist development. It has a pioneering circus outreach programme across the London borough of Haringey and beyond, working with young people developing circus and performance skills, as well as a host of inter-generational arts projects.
Highgate or Jackson's Lane Wesleyan Methodist church was opened in 1905, on the current site at the corner of Archway Road and Jacksons Lane. The building was of red brick with stone dressings, designed in an early Gothic style included a Sunday school and was designed by W. H. Boney of Highgate. The church seated 650 and the schoolroom 400. Jackson's Lane was well known during the 1960s for its community work. The church was closed in 1975 and reopened to begin its new incarnation as an arts centre and centre for the North London community.