The Old Red Lion Theatre first opened its doors in 1979 and is now one of London's oldest and most loved Fringe theatre venues.
Our mission is to nurture and present the very best new and emerging theatrical talent. Abi Morgan, Joe Penhall, Kathy Burke, Stephen Daldry, Penelope Skinner and Nina Raine are just a few who had early work presented on our stage and this list grows each year.
In the past few years the Old Red Lion Theatre has transferred work off-Broadway and to the West End. Notable hits beyond the Fringe include: Good Girl by Naomi Sheldon (Trafalgar Studios); Mrs Orwell (Southwark Playhouse); the World Premiere of Arthur Miller's first play No Villain (Trafalgar Studios); The Play That Goes Wrong (Trafalgar Studios and No 1 Tour); Mercury Fur (Trafalgar Studios); Kissing Sid James (London and off-Broadway); The Importance of Being Earnest (Old Red Lion Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Generally on Sundays and Mondays we host scratch nights where emerging theatre-makers can trial out new writing. Often playwrights use these nights as an opportunity for their work to be discovered and developed into a professional production, which can eventually end up being part of one of our programmed seasons. Sunday/Mondays also provide a springboard for talented new directors and actors to network and find future collaborators. These slots can be used for Student showcases so if you're part of a University or Drama School please do get in touch!
The ORL's programmed productions generally take place Tuesday - Saturday evenings with weekend matinees. Several of our productions have been nominated for, short-listed and won Off West End 'Offie' awards:
2018 nominations so far:
Best Female In A Play Edie Newman for Broken
Best New Play Kenneth Emson for Plastic
Best Ensemble for Plastic
Best Female In A Play Jill McAusland for The Moor
Most Promising New Playwright Catherine Lucie for The Moor
Best Director Blythe Stewart for The Moor
Best Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr for Tiny Dynamite
Best Sound Designer Dan Jeffries for Tiny Dynamite
Best Set Design Max Dorey for Talk Radio
Most Promising New Playwright Tim Foley for The Dogs of War
Best Artistic Director Stewart Pringle for the Old Red Lion Theatre
Best Supporting Female Kate Kennedy for Three Short Plays
Best Production for Piranha Heights
Best Set Designer James Turner for Mercury Fur
Best Production for Mercury Fur
Most Promising New Playwright Luke Barnes for Chapel Street