Working at the Old Red Lion

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Venue General Manager.

Full Time. Islington, London. Live-in/Live-out. Salaried accordingly.

Responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Theatre and Pub venue.

Theatre / Bar / Food / Staffing / Rotas / Stock Control / Cash Control.

Reporting to the Managing Director.


The Old Red Lion Theatre.

The Old Red Lion is the oldest Pub theatre in London, established in 1979, and situated in one of the oldest pubs in London. The Old Red is a small family run business with a big heart that punches well above its weight in its critical and creative reach. It is a much-loved institution in the heart of Islington that combines award winning theatre with a passion for the traditional London pub.

The Role.

The General Manager is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operation of the venue. We run the theatre and pub as a combined operation and the synergy between the two is vital to the unique atmosphere and success of the business. The GM will work closely with the Directors on the practical and logistical management of the venue and will liase directly with our artistic team on the running of the theatre space. The GM will also be responsible for bar and box office staff.

The Candidate.

The Old Red Lion is a small business, and so you need to be a self-starter who is motivated and enthusiastic. This is a hands-on role, and you need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get involved. At the Old Red Lion, no two weeks are ever the same, so now more than ever we are looking for a hard-working team player who is able to take responsibility and initiative. Experience is necessary.

Required: Experience of bar work and/or management, Front of House and basic food service. A sound grasp of Health and Safety regs. Venue administration skills. You must be fluent in English, basic numeracy and have proficient IT skills, particularly in Excel.

Desirable: A love of theatre, sport and people would be useful, as would experience of working in art/cultural venues. Live-in is preferred but not essential.

The Challenge.

You don’t need us to tell you that the face of theatre and the licensing trade that we once knew has completely changed over the last 12 months. We don’t pretend to know what that means, other than we must adapt quickly and creatively to rebuild our award-winning Theatre Pub and re-establish the economically sustainable independent and awesome venue that we once had! We intend to phase a re-opening of the pub through April and the theatre from mid-May, as permitted by government guidelines. Our traditional business model will change, no grails will be held holy, and we will embrace innovation and creativity into everything that we do as we enter the most challenging period that our theatre has seen in its 40+ years and the pub in its 600+ history. Join us for the ride!

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, send a CV and cover letter outlining your relevant experience and interest to by April 19th 2021.

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