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Opening Times During The Festive Season

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Tricycle

The Tricycle will be closed from Saturday 23 December, reopening on Tuesday 2 January.

Ben Jones and Alix Dunmore in Ben Hur. Photo: Mark Douet

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us!


Buckley Road Closure on Saturday 2 Dec

Friday, December 1st, 2017 by Tricycle

Please note that on Saturday 2 December, Buckley Road will be closed to traffic between 08:00—18:00.

The road will remain open to pedestrians, and access to the cinema will not be affected.

A few parking bays will be suspended just outside the cinema entrance, including a disabled parking bay.

If you have any questions please call the Box Office on 020 7328 1000.


Joint Statement on the Theatre Industry

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 by Tricycle

Monday 23rd October 2017

Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry. 

We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged.  

We are committed to working together to ensure that theatre is a safe space for all, where everyone is respected and listened to. The Royal Court Theatre’s Day of Action on Saturday 28 October is one important part of this process. Together, we are developing further ways to support people to speak up and to hold others to account. 

It is the responsibility of the industry to create and nurture a culture where unacceptable behaviour is swiftly challenged and addressed.  

We want to be absolutely clear and say again: there is no room for sexual harassment or abuse of power in the theatre. Everyone deserves to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe working environment. We will support you to speak out, and we will hear you when you do.


Statement from (in alphabetical order)

Almeida Theatre – Rupert Goold, Denise Wood

Battersea Arts Centre – David Jubb

Bridge Theatre – Nicholas Hytner, Nick Starr

Bush Theatre – Madani Younis, Jon Gilchrist

Donmar Warehouse – Josie Rourke, Kate Pakenham

Gate Theatre – Ellen McDougall, Anthony Simpson-Pike, Jo Royce

Hampstead Theatre – Edward Hall, Greg Ripley-Duggan

London Theatre Consortium – Emma Rees

Lyric Hammersmith – Sean Holmes, Sian Alexander

National Theatre –  Rufus Norris, Lisa Burger

Old Vic – Matthew Warchus, Kate Varah

Royal Court Theatre – Vicky Featherstone, Lucy Davies

Royal Shakespeare Company – Gregory Doran, Catherine Mallyon

Shakespeare’s Globe – Emma Rice

Soho Theatre – Steve Marmion, Mark Godfrey

SOLT / UK Theatre – Julian Bird

Theatre Royal Stratford East – Nadia Fall, Deborah Sawyerr

Tricycle Theatre – Indhu Rubasingham, Bridget Kalloushi

Young Vic – David Lan, Lucy Woollatt


Backing Brent’s Bid

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by Tricycle

The Tricycle Theatre is backing Brent’s bid for London Borough of Culture 2020.

Back The Bid

Brent is a borough full of creativity, energy and potential. With food, fashion, music and arts from all over the world, Brent is bidding to be London Borough of Culture 2020 to celebrate the best of our borough and showcase its creativity to the world.

This award will also help make Brent a brilliant place where everyone has the chance to be creative and enjoy living and playing for years to come.

Find out more about the London Borough of Culture 2020, including ways you can back Brent’s bid, by visiting



Tricycle Transformed: Capital Project Update

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by Tricycle

Our ambitious Capital Project is well underway! Right now, work is being done to make our theatre, backstage and front of house spaces accessible, provide our award-winning programme with a home it deserves, and secure our future.

Here’s an update on how the project is going, in which we we talk to some of the people who are making it happen, including the architects, builders and consultants.

There are several ways you can support our Capital Project. Click here for more information.


Mapping Brent

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by Tricycle

In 2017 the Tricycle Theatre joined forces with six venues across the North London borough of Brent to deliver six new theatre companies.

Venturing out into Neasden, South Kilburn, Stonebridge, Wembley Park, Harlesden and Kilburn, Mapping Brent was our most ambitious outreach project to date, and saw more than 100 young people from across the borough meet weekly to develop their acting skills and build their confidence.

Led by twelve professional playwrights and directors from across the industry, Mapping Brent extended the Tricycle’s Creative Learning programme across the borough to build lasting relationships with communities and gave young people a voice and a platform to be heard.

Here’s a look at that process…


Tricycle Theatre receives 1 million pound cash boost from Brent Council

Monday, June 12th, 2017 by Tricycle

We are delighted to announce that Brent Council has awarded the Tricycle a large portion of the remaining funds needed to complete our ambitious Capital Project. Here is the statement from Brent:

Kilburn’s Tricycle Theatre is edging closer to securing the funds it needs to complete a major refurbishment after Brent Council approved funding of £1 million.

The iconic cultural venue on Kilburn High Road, has been at the heart of the borough’s vibrant arts scene since the 1980s and has already raised £5.5 million towards its renovation. The council funding will help the theatre to increase capacity by 25% from 232 to 292 seats, substantially improve accessibility and wheelchair access, enable the theatre to extend the range of activities they run and make improvements to its frontage.

With plans for improvement works on Kilburn High Road around the theatre also agreed, the 30 year partnership between Brent Council and the much loved theatre looks set to continue.

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills said: “The Tricycle Theatre has been a cultural hub for Kilburn, Brent and London since 1980. In recognition of the theatre’s economic, social and culture benefits the council has agreed to support its renovation with a grant of £1 million.

“The Tricycle is one of London’s most respected and loved theatres and the council is delighted to have secured its future as we build on the strong and positive relationship we have built up over the decades.”

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre said: “All of us at the Tricycle are beyond delighted by this game-changing contribution from Brent Council that puts us within reaching distance of achieving this hugely exciting and ambitious project. It is hard to put into words what this means, but ultimately it will allow us to accomplish our vision for the Tricycle and become a better version of ourselves. More facilities, much improved accessibility, increased capacity and a significantly enhanced experience for all who come through our door. We intend to make Brent proud of the Tricycle, a local theatre with an international presence that will be a beacon on Kilburn High Road.”

The works are due to be completed next year with the theatre set to re-open in spring 2018. 

Tricycle Transformed: View from the stalls | Image: Chapman WaterworthTricycle Transformed: View from the stage | Image: Chapman WaterworthTricycle Transformed: Impression of the foyer | Image: Chapman Waterworth

There are several ways you can donate to our Capital Project. Click here for more information.


Mikel Murfi: how I made The Man In The Woman’s Shoes

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Tricycle

Mikel Murfi is returning to the Tricycle in June, following his sell-out success here last year. Mikel will be presenting his new show, I Hear You And Rejoice, as well as additional performances of his 2016 hit The Man In The Woman’s Shoes. We spoke to Mikel, who told us how he created The Man In The Womans Shoes

Mikel Murfi in The Man In The Woman's Shoes, 2016 | Photo: Mark DouetSome time back, I began a journey around my home county of Sligo, in the west of Ireland. I was gathering stories. I was meeting groups of older folk, retirement groups, active age groups, history groups, all with the intention of researching a play with them, something which, later that year, I was to bring back to them. I had been commissioned by my local theatre The Hawk’s Well and the Sligo Arts Office to make a theatre piece for Bealtaine (the Gaelic word for the month of May) — an annual national festival which celebrates creativity in older age groups. And I met with the most wonderful people.

Irish people like two things mainly: talking and tea. So, over that month and copious amounts of tea, we celebrated living and people and stories — shared thoughts on ageing, talked characters and notated vernacular. When my ‘visitations’ were done I went away and wrote The Man In The Woman’s Shoes. Some months later I returned to my new friends and performed the play for them. The process was, I suppose, to give the groups I was working with an opportunity to engage ‘with the actor fella’ and to see their creative input take to the stages or floors of their halls or community centres or in the case of the ‘world premiere’ — in the foyer of St John’s Hospital Sligo.

I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to make a work at home and with people who had no particular interest or background in theatre. I hope that the spirit of these people comes through in the play. I hope I’ve
made something of who they are. It’s nostalgic and purposefully sentimental.

I wanted to reflect back to these groups their own lives – to show them themselves – to celebrate them, to document them and to honour them. They were a delight each and every one of them. And I’m still on the journey, gathering stories and recording folk as I go.


The Man In The Woman’s Shoes will be at the Tricycle for selected dates from 5 June, and I Hear You And Rejoice for all dates from 10 June — 1 July (excluding Sundays). Book your tickets today!


Future programming ahead of the reopening of our theatre

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Tricycle

With the annual Tricycle Takeover due to open next month, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces the company’s forthcoming work ahead of the reopening of the building in spring 2018.

This summer, Mikel Murfi returns with his production of The Man in The Woman’s Shoes, which was a sell-out success at the Tricycle last year, playing in rep with his brand new play, I Hear You and Rejoice in the Tricycle cinema space.

Rubasingham’s Olivier Award-winning production of Moira Buffini‘s hit play Handbagged will receive its US première at the Round House Theatre in Washington DC as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival – the world’s largest festival dedicated to new work by women.

In a first for the company, the Tricycle Theatre will partner with the National Theatre in a co-production of the world première of The Great Wave which won its playwright, Francis Turnly, the Catherine Johnson Award (2016). Rubasingham directs the production, which opens at the National Theatre in Spring 2018. Turnly was the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the Tricycle Theatre in 2015.

The Tricycle cinema space also plays hosts to Inua EllamsAn Evening with an Immigrant; and comedy nights presented by Upfront as part of their 25th anniversary season.


Tricycle Takeover returns for its 4th year with its most ambitious programme to date. Six venues across the borough will host more than 25 free events, screenings, performances and masterclasses across a 13 day period in April. During the Takeover, young people from across London will be invited to get involved as audiences, workshop participants and performers.

Headlining Takeover 2017 are six new plays, The Invisible Boy; 24 Hours; Almost, But Not Quite; We Too, Are Giants; Buried; and Mission Improbable, written for six new theatre companies exploring themes of community, the expectations of society and coming of age. Eleven professional playwrights and directors from across the industry have been leading the projects, including names such as Tinuke Craig, Chino Odimba and Somalia Seaton.

The programme of events and masterclasses include Film in a Day; Stage Combat; Podcast Drama Workshop; Puppetry; Mapping Futures Q&A – Creativity in Brent, with Andre Anderson, Dilan Dattani and Indhu Rubasingham; and a special talk with Mariah Idrissi, the first hijab wearing model to sign to a major agency from Wembley Park.


Written and performed by Mikel Murfi

Summer 2017

Mikel Murfi returns to the Tricycle following the sell-out success of The Man in The Woman’s Shoes in 2016 to present a further run of the production in rep with his new one man show I Hear You and Rejoice.

Late in life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one.

Written and performed by Mikel Murfi, I Hear You and Rejoice is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.

This show is the second collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival 2015.

Originally from Sligo, Mikel Murfi trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. As an actor and a director he has worked in all the major theatres in Ireland. He has won 5 fringe first awards in Edinburgh and the Irish Times award for Best Supporting actor. His film work includes The CommitmentsThe Butcher BoyIntermission and Jimmy’s Hall. Following sell-out runs in Dublin and at the Galway International Arts Festival, he performed in 2014 at the National Theatre London in Enda Walsh’s acclaimed production of Ballyturk with Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea. He performed in The Last Hotel – an opera by Enda Walsh in Covent Garden. He’ll appear once again at Sadler’s Wells in November 2017  in Michael Keegan-Dolan’s sell out show from last November – the dance theatre production of Swan Lake/Loch Na hEala.


By Moira Buffini

31 January – 25 February 2018

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
Part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Presented by arrangement with Tricycle Theatre and Eleanor Lloyd Productions

Indhu Rubasingham’s Olivier Award-winning production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged makes its US première at the Round House Theatre in Washington DC as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival – the world’s largest festival of new work by female playwrights.

The monarch – Liz.
Her most powerful subject – Maggie.

Two enduring icons born six months apart. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Handbagged is the ‘wickedly funny’ (Evening Standard) new play that opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century.

Moira Buffini’s ‘irresistibly mischievous’ (The Independent) comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: What did the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors?

Moira Buffini’s plays include Women, Power & Politics for the Tricycle Theatre,, Welcome To Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre, Dying For It (adapted from Nicolai Erdman’s The Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre, A Vampire Story for NT Connections, Loveplay for the RSC, Silence for Birmingham Rep (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Gabriel for Soho Theatre (LWT Plays On Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award), Blavatsky’s Tower for the Machine Room, and Jordan with Anna Reynolds for the Gate (Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play). For television, her work includes Harlots; and her screenplays include Viceroy’s House, Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears, Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukanaga, and Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan. She recently directed her first short film, Father.

Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham directs. Her work for the company includes Red Velvet (which transferred to New York and later to the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Season) and Handbagged (winner of Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre – also West End and UK tour). Other productions for the Tricycle Theatre include The Invisible Hand, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Paper Dolls, Women, Power and Politics, Stones in His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation and Starstruck. Other theatre credits include Ugly Lies the Bone, The Motherf**cker with the Hat (Evening Standard Award for Best Play), The Waiting Room (National Theatre), The Ramayana (National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch and Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida), Yellowman and Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), Secret Rapture and The Misanthrope (Minerva, Chichester), Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre ), Pure Gold (Soho Theatre), The No Boys Cricket Club and Party Girls (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Wuthering Heights (Birmingham REP), Heartbreak House (Watford Palace Theatre), Sugar Dollies and Shakuntala (Gate Theatre), A River Sutra (Three Mill Island Studios), Rhinoceros (UC Davis, California) and A Doll’s House (Young Vic).

Round House Theatre is one of the leading theatre companies in the Washington, D.C., area, recently called “one of the most important outposts in the region for provocative high-end drama” by The Washington Post, and a member of the prestigious League of Regional Theatres. Handbagged will be presented as a part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival (for which Round House is an Originating Theatre) the world’s largest festival of new works by female playwrights. The festival was created to highlight the scope of new plays written by female playwrights and the range of professional theatre being produced in and around the nation’s capital.


A Tricycle Theatre and National Theatre co-production
By Francis Turnly

Spring 2018
Dorfman Theatre 

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

An epic play set in Japan and North Korea. On a dark and stormy night two sisters, Hanako and Reiko, are swept away by a gigantic wave. Reiko survives while Hanako is, seemingly, lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her daughter is still alive.

The Great Wave won the Catherine Johnson Award (2016), and renews Turnly’s collaboration with the Tricycle Theatre – in 2014 he was awarded the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence, joining the Tricycle Theatre for a residency throughout 2015.

Francis Turnly’s plays include Hiding for Watford Palace Theatre, Bogland for The Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Harajuku Girls for Finborough Theatre. He has written several plays for Radio 4 including the original detective drama, Hinterland.


Presented by Inua Ellams and Fuel
Written and performed by Inua Ellams

Summer 2017

Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams returns to the Tricycle with An Evening with an Immigrant.

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996, Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for 3 years before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer.

Part of this story was documented in his hilarious autobiographical Edinburgh Fringe First award winning play, The 14th Tale, but most of it is untold. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

Age recommendation: 15+


The Upfront Comedy season continues with:

Sunday 2 April, 7.30pm
John Simmit, Wil-E, Mr Cee and Thanyia Moore
Upfront founder John Simmit introduces an international line up headlined by Washington’s Wil-E, and featuring circuit everyman Mr Cee and spiky, sassy south Londoner Thanyia Moore.

Sunday 7 May, 7.30pm
Kane Brown, Rudi Lickwood, Kayleigh Lewis and Glazz Campbell
Comedy’s alpha male Kane Brown introduces Harlesden’s own Rudi Lickwood, award-winning new girl Kayleigh Lewis and Sheffield’s affable ex-boxer Glazz Campbell 

Age recommendation: 16+



Eight questions for Juliana Ayeni-Stevens

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by Tricycle

Juliana Ayeni-Stevens is one of our Trainee Producers on our ambitious Takeover2017 project, Mapping Brent.

Trainee Producer Juliana Ayeni-Stevens

What attracted you to Mapping Brent?

I’ve always had a great interest in theatre and I knew someone who happened to have taken part in the Takeover in 2015. I didn’t really know much about the Takeover but I knew I wanted to produce. I spent weeks keeping an eye on Tricycle’s website and the opportunity just came up to apply and so I did. Initially I was not aware that it would be a project bringing the community of Brent together, until the interview stage and when given a brief overview I knew that I wanted to do it.


What piece of theatre has made a big impact on your life?

Oh goodness this is hard question because I love the theatre but if I could pick one piece of theatre that has made a big impact on my life it would be Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic… it really touched me and there was a moment where a friend who I went to see the performance with had to ask me midway through the performance if I was okay. I had a moment of standstill and reflection and that’s what I believe theatre should do for you.


If you could work with one actor, director, writer or other creative, who would you choose and why?

Ooooo wow… that is a hard question if I had to pick one director, one writer and actor it would be;
Writer – debbie tucker green
Director – Yaël Farber
Actor – Adelayo Adebayo

I picked them because firstly debbie tucker green as a writer is amazing, her style of writing is special for me and allows you as the audience to really think. Adelayo is a young female actor who I’d recently seen at the Young Vic in Cuttin’ It and her performance blew my mind. And Yaël Farber as director because of Les Blancs [at the National Theatre].


Where would you most like to visit on holiday?

Brazil and St. Lucia. I always been drawn to Brazil it holds a special connection to my life, I’m not exactly sure what it is but I feel spiritually I’m connected to there. And St. Lucia because I just love it… I’ve been there twice and it’s beautiful.


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

KFC hot wings! Oh my gosh they are de BEST! There was one week where I went to KFC every night to get them hot wings!


What’s your worst habit?

My worst habit is that I overthink everything from the small situation to the off the scale dramas.


If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

  1. My memory box
  2. A book
  3. Notebook & Pen
  4. My Frank Ocean Albums
  5. My iPad


What achievement are you most proud of in your life so far?

Graduating uni. I say that because when I was in school I was told I wouldn’t get far in the educational system and far in life by my form teacher. I left school with just 6 grade Cs but to the teachers that wasn’t good enough. But I found out that the same teacher who told me I wouldn’t get far in life was extremely surprised that I was in university. It just goes to show whatever you set your mind to you can achieve whatever it is plus prove those doubters wrong!

Find out more about Mapping Brent and Takeover 2017, including how you can get involved