Pub theatres in London are set to be recognised with a new dedicated award celebrating their contribution to the industry.
The inaugural London Pub Theatre of the Year Award will be announced later this month, with more than 20 venues based in, or connected to, pubs in the running.
These include Clapham’s Bread and Roses Theatre, Theatre503 in Battersea, the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, the Drayton Arms in Kensington and the Finborough in Earl’s Court.
The award, run by London Pub Theatres Magazine, will celebrate venues that support emerging artists and nurture work that goes on to have wider success, such as The Play That Goes Wrong, that began life at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel, and Fleabag, which emerged out of a new writing night at the George Tavern in Shadwell.
Actor Susan Penhaligon, the award’s patron, said: “Pub theatres are fantastic, innovative, creative spaces, and that creativity feeds back into the industry.
“Pub theatres can put on forgotten gems of plays and performances of new writing which often commercial theatres won’t touch. They are keeping alive our theatrical heritage.”
The award will be presented on October 27 at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town, which is nominated alongside venues including the Hen and Chickens in Highbury and the newly renamed Chiswick Playhouse, formerly the Tabard.
Alongside the main prize, two commendations will be awarded for personal achievement.