The Park Theatre

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The Park Theatre
Park Theatre, Park Theatre Cafe Bar
The Park Theatre is located in Greater London
The Park Theatre
The Park Theatre
Location in Greater London
Address 11-13 Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park
London N4 3JP
Coordinates 51°33′57″N 0°06′31″W / 51.5657°N 0.1085°W / 51.5657; -0.1085
Opened 2013
Architect David Hughes

The Park Theatre is a theatre in Finsbury Park, London which opened on 8 May 2013.[1] 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.[2] Planning permission was granted in October 2010.[3] The theatre was designed by David Hughes[4][5] with assistance from theatre consultants Charcoal Blue.[6] The £2.2m cost was met by private donors and by the sale of flats built above the theatre.[7] The main theatre seats 200 in two tiers around a thrust stage,[6] there is also a 90 seat studio theatre and a cafe bar.[6] Backstage are three dressing rooms, a green room, wardrobe, offices and prop stores.[6] An education floor on site was planned but required significant fundraising.[8][9][10]


The theatre has attracted a number of high profile ambassadors including Celia Imrie [11][12] and Tamzin Outhwaite.[12] Sir Ian McKellen is also a supporter and has visited the site.[13][11][9]

Open Book Accounting[edit]

Bond has talked about the importance of transparency and operating an open book accounting policy with regards to both in-house and incoming productions.[8]


Park Theatre won the The Stage's Fringe Theatre of the Year Award (for 2014) in January 2015.[14]


  1. ^ Cecilia Sundstrom, "Psychopaths, nudity and Maureen Lipman launch new Finsbury Park theatre", Hackney Gazette, 27 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  2. ^ "About". ParkTheatre. 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Marshall, Tom (29 October 2010), "Finsbury Park theatre’s cue to open", Hornsey, Crouch End and Muswell Hill Journal (Archant Ltd) 
  4. ^ "Converting Spaces - Creating Theatres" (PDF). Theatre's Trust. 
  5. ^ "Converting Spaces~Creating Theatres". Theatre's Trust. 
  6. ^ a b c d Price, Mark James (26 August 2010). "Laurel Leaf House, 11-13 Clifton Terrace, Islington, London N4 3JP Application ref: P101570" (PDF). The Theatres Trust. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Loeb, Josh (9 July 2010), "Oasis of arts planned for Finsbury Park’s ‘cultural desert’", Islington Tribune 
  8. ^ a b Gardner, Lyn (7 February 2012). "Should theatres open up their accounts?". The Guardian (London). 
  9. ^ a b "Sir Ian McKellen and Rupert Everett visit Park Theatre as it moves closer to opening date". Islington Tribune. 
  10. ^ "Finsbury Park theatre development appeals for more funding". Islington Gazette. 
  11. ^ a b "Putting Finsbury Park on the theatre map: Ian McKellen and Celia Imrie back £2.2 million venue". Evening Standard. 
  12. ^ a b "Tamzin: Start children on the theatre when they're young". Evening Standard. 
  13. ^ "PARK THEATRE with Sir Ian McKellen, Tamzin Outhwaite & Celia Imrie". YouTube. 
  14. ^ Report of Stage award.

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