Old Red Lion Theatre

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Artistic director: Alexander Knott
Executive Director: Damien Devine


Old Red Lion Theatre - seats 60


Box office: 0333 012 4963


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418 St John Street
London EC1V 4NJ

Council: Islington

Region: London

Location map for Old Red Lion Theatre


Angel (Northern)

Old Street



St John Street/ Goswell Road

Day no:
19, 38, 153, 341

Night no:
N19, N38, N41

Access information


The theatre is located on the first floor above the Old Red Lion Pub and access is gained through the pub and up a staircase with two 90 degree bends.

As a listed building the theatre unfortunately has limited mobility access - so contact the venue in advance of your visit with access requirements and they will offer as much support as possible.  

Current shows

Instructions For A Teenage Armageddon

Miss-trusted. Miss-treated. Miss you. Welcome to a miss-spent youth. Eileen's sister just died while eating a Yorkshire pudding. Ironic as she rarely eats; well, ate.

Previews from: Monday 17 February 2020

Closes: Saturday 29 February 2020

Upcoming shows

Nuclear War / Buried / Graceland

This unique three-play production fuses the first revival of a remarkable piece of writing for movement with two new plays, which when combined ask questions about love and loss, what do we do next when faced with the devastating, the unimaginable.

Previews from: Tuesday 3 March 2020

Closes: Saturday 21 March 2020

Is That All There Is?

After the dreaded Apnea virus wiped out nearly half the Earth's population, drastic measures had to be taken. Now under the dictatorship of Mildred Damion, Britain faces new, gender-idoloistic ruling.

Previews from: Monday 23 March 2020

Closes: Saturday 28 March 2020


Snowflakes is a sci-fi black comedy exploring questions of morality, revenge and justice with gleeful, violent, abandon, examining how far would you go to right a wrong?

Previews from: Tuesday 31 March 2020

Closes: Saturday 18 April 2020

Us Two

A new play focusing on the unexplored consequences for women on the fringes of the stories we see in the media.

Previews from: Thursday 23 April 2020

Closes: Sunday 26 April 2020

Empty In Angel

A bicycle courier, her community, and their amazing fight for rights in the gig economy. Their simple demands for fairness, dignity and security - ending in a historic legal battle.

Previews from: Thursday 23 April 2020

Closes: Sunday 26 April 2020


Nearly everyone is dead and Taylor is alone. Taylor has always been alone. Until they find a radio and a voice finally willing to talk.

Previews from: Monday 27 April 2020

Closes: Saturday 2 May 2020

100 Ways The Fire Starts

A luxury apartment in South London. Bella and David are having a party. But when an old friend drops in, they find a man bleeding in the lift and fires start outside, they begin to question what is real and what is not ...

Previews from: Tuesday 5 May 2020

Closes: Saturday 23 May 2020

The Great Dog, Pan

An interfering little man has come to see Martha about the things she's been doing for her dog, Pan. You are the dog. This is a one hour play about living with things - anxiety and animals in particular.

Previews from: Thursday 7 May 2020

Closes: Saturday 23 May 2020


Does the world exist - or are we creating it? Welcome to Belvedere, where nothing is as it seems! Anton, a famous writer, checks into the psychiatric clinic Belvedere to have his hallucinations treated by the slightly overwhelmed Dr. Defoe.

Previews from: Tuesday 26 May 2020

Closes: Saturday 6 June 2020

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