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A technical issue in the cinema

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Tricycle

We’re very sorry to say that due to a technical fault, our cinema screenings for Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March have had to be cancelled.

We are hoping to have the issue resolved by Thursday evening, but please check our social media channels for the latest information.

We sincerely apologise for any disappointment this causes.

If you would like to speak to someone about a refund, please contact our Box Office on 020 7328 1000.


The Mother extends run due to popular demand

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Tricycle

Run extended until 12 March!


With her production of Red Velvet currently running in the West End, our Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham has announced the extension of the highly critically acclaimed UK Première of Florian Zeller’s The Mother, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, now completing its run on 12 March.

Laurence Boswell directs Gina McKee, Richard Clothier, Frances McNamee and William Postlethwaite in the production which opened to rave reviews at the venue earlier this week.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne’s world begins to twist around her. Has her favoured son Nicholas really returned to her? And what of the suspicious actions of her husband? 

The Mother is a compelling and moving production that will leave you questioning the very nature of reality.

Molière Award-winning playwright Florian Zeller returns to the Tricycle following 2015’s critically-acclaimed sell-out run of The Father, for which Kenneth Cranham won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor. The Father recently completed a run at the Wyndham’s Theatre and returns to the West End shortly for a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Tickets for The Mother are selling fast with multiple performances completely sold out, so snap up your tickets fast!


Kenneth ‘The Father’ Cranham honoured by Critics’ Circle!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Tricycle

We’re thoroughly delighted for star of stage and screen Kenneth Cranham, who has been honoured by the Critics’ Circle with the prestigious Best Actor Award.

Kenneth’s recent turn on the Tricycle stage in The Father earned him rave reviews, with the production swiftly transferring to the West End before an impending tour, due to commence this summer.

kenClaire Skinner and Kenneth Cranham in The Father. Photo: Simon Annand

Florian Zeller’s award-winning play saw Kenneth in the role of the eponymous Father, whose world falls apart around him as he succumbs to dementia.

After training at RADA in the 1960s, Kenneth’s career spans theatre (notably roles by Joe Orton, who became a close friend and mentor), television (18 million people tuned in to watch him on long-running series Shine On Harvey Moon), and film (recent hits include Valkyrie alongside Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh, as well as Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg’s much–loved comedy Hot Fuzz).

Receiving the award, Kenneth said “It’s great to have won the Critics’ Circle Award. The last thing I won was in 1968! The Father is coming back to the West End – I’ve done it 171 times, and I will do almost another 100.”

Florian Zeller’s The Mother – a companion piece to The Father – is currently on stage at the Tricycle Theatre.


Our £5.5 million Capital Development Project

Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Tricycle
  • Project supported by Tricycle ambassador Adrian Lester
  • Project will transform auditorium, increasing capacity by more than 50 seats
  • Improved access at heart of project 

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We’re planning an ambitious £5.5 million capital development project to transform our theatre auditorium and front of house spaces, with work scheduled to take place from this summer. Arts Council England has contributed £3.1 million to the scheme with a public campaign to raise additional funds set to be announced in due course.

Indhu Rubasingham – our Artistic Director – said: “This vital upgrade will help us to secure The Tricycle’s future and enable us to realise our ambitious vision by ensuring our venue is truly accessible and open to all. We are hugely excited about this and are deeply grateful to all those who have contributed to date.”

The project will increase the size of the auditorium by approximately 25%, and quadruple the number of permanent wheelchair accessible seats in the auditorium from 2 to 8, reinforcing our commitment to ensuring our programme is fully accessible to all. The new seating will be fully adaptable to allow for various staging configurations including in the round, cabaret and traverse.

The project will also create a new café on Kilburn High Road and greatly improved front of house facilities, enabling our venue to continue to thrive as a cultural hub for local residents and communities from across Brent and Camden. This vital work will form an integral part of the regeneration of Kilburn High Road.

Essential work will also be undertaken to make the entirety of backstage accessible and improve entry and exit points to the stage for the installation of productions.

Tricycle ambassador Adrian Lester has today pledged his support for the campaign. He said: “Under the leadership of Indhu Rubasingham, the Tricycle has blossomed as a venue in and for the community whilst proving itself as an incredible production powerhouse which rivals any UK theatre venue. I am delighted to be supporting this campaign that will lead to the transformation of the auditorium, with increased capacity, improved sightlines, greater accessibility and a better experience for both audiences and actors alike.”

We’ve commissioned architects ChapmanWaterworth to lead the project. ChapmanWaterworth’s previous projects have included the Rugby Football Union’s new headquarters at Twickenham Stadium, lfracombe Museum Extension and Masterplan and high profile retail developments in Covent Garden and Bond Street in London.

Architect Greg Chapman from ChampanWaterworth said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Tricycle Theatre to create a more accessible and welcoming environment. We recognise the Tricycle operates at the highest level and we are proud to be a part of the team that will ensure their refurbished premises match their future aspirations. We believe that when completed, the changes will help ensure the Tricycle continues to be both an integral part of the local cultural fabric of this vibrant community and London as a whole.”

We plan to start works in the second half of 2016 with completion due in 2017 and will continue to programme work throughout the capital development project.


Tricycle Box Office opening hours during the festive period

Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Tricycle

Seasons greetings from all at the Tricycle! We hope you have a wonderful season…

Below are our box office opening hours over the festive period.

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

23 December: 10am – 9pm

24 December: 10am – 3pm

25 December: CLOSED

26 December: CLOSED

27 December: CLOSED

28 December: CLOSED

29 December: 10am – 9pm

30 December: 10am – 9pm

31 December: 10am – 3:30pm

1 January: CLOSED

2 January: 10am – 9pm

3 January: 2pm – 8pm

4 January: 10am – 9pm

Best wishes from the Tricycle team!


John Hopkins on the Ben Hur story

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Tricycle

John Hopkins is currently playing the title role in the Tricycle’s hilarious festive epic Ben Hur.

We asked John to quickly summarise the story of Ben Hur, without giving anything away!

Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre until Sat 9 Jan.



WEEE Recycling Collection

Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Tricycle

WEEE Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Clutter Free New Year!

Drop off your Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment at the Tricycle Theatre from 4 – 10 Jan 2016.

Mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, TVs and battery-operated toys – are all likely to figure high on wish lists this Christmas.

As a large proportion of those shiny, new gadgets will be replacing yesterday’s unwanted or broken models, the question facing their owners is what to do with the old ones?

We’ve teamed up with The Waste Minimisation Team at West London Waste Authority to host another free recycling bin for small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or WEEE., from Monday 4 January until Sunday 10 January 2016.


Photo from our last WEEE Recycling event

This event will provide local residents and visitors to the theatre with an opportunity to declutter their homes of broken or unwanted small electrical items such as alarm clocks, toys, kettles and hair dryers and dispose of them at a convenient location.

James Foran, our Operations Manager at the Tricycle Theatre said:

‘At the Tricycle we’re committed to becoming a more environmentally sustainable theatre, reducing our energy emissions and establishing green initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work with West London Waste and the local community in Brent on an initiative which only takes a little effort for each individual but can have a real impact for all of us.’ 

Landfilling of WEEE can be particularly dangerous as it contains hazardous substances such as mercury, lead, beryllium and cadmium. Recycling these items means fewer raw materials need to be used in the manufacture of new goods and precious metals are used again.

So when you enjoy entertainment at the Tricycle Theatre in the New Year, take along your unwanted small electrical or electronic items to ensure it gets recycled and doesn’t end up in landfill!

Contact The Waste Minimisation Team at West London Waste Authority on 0208 825 9468, or


Ben Hur Blog 1: Alix Dunmore “It’s all in the wigs”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Tricycle

Alix Dunmore is plays numerous roles in our upcoming EPIC production of Ben Hur, including most of the women, a few of the men, plus various children and animals (tbc). So how does she make each one distinctive?

We asked Alix if she had any tricks or techniques to creating memorable characters, and how to keep track of who each one is. This is what she said…

Alix Dunmore and John Hopkins in rehearsals for Ben Hur. Photos: Mark Douet.

“It’s all in the wigs. Seriously though, it’s important to delineate the different physicalities of each character. Tirzah is quite gangly and floppy – all elbows because she’s a teenager; Esther moves smoothly and unobtrusively, saying much with her eyes because she’s a servant; Catalinya takes big strides, strikes poses and paws at herself and other people whenever possible. The other characters have their own reasons for moving the way they do including age, sex and level of comfort with playing the scene.

It also helps that all my characters have very different accents and vocal pitches. That’s partly scripted but partly a choice given that some of the changes are so quick and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them that it’s better to telegraph who I am in every physical way possible.

Additionally we’ve been working with the movement director on how Ben Hur interacts with each character. At a particularly critical quick-change moment it’s only a change of wig (costume-wise) that makes each character appear so we’ve been looking at how John, playing Ben Hur, would touch and speak to each of them.

Plus the wigs really do help.”

The wig-tastic Ben Hur is on stage at the Tricycle from 19 Nov – 9 Jan. Find out more and book tickets.


Celebrating 10 Years of Minding The Gap

Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Tricycle

We’re preparing to celebrate the tenth anniversary year of Minding the Gap, a creative learning project that provides young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have recently arrived in London the opportunity to use drama and theatre to express themselves, develop their voices and help prepare them for life in the capital.


We currently deliver over ten workshops every week at our home in Kilburn, engaging more than two-hundred students and a team of fifteen international practitioners from Greece, Italy, Poland and America. Working collaboratively, they use a range of theatre techniques and activities to boost confidence and self-esteem, culminating in a performance of theatre and short films written and performed by the students themselves.

In the London Borough of Brent, where we’re based, over one hundred and thirty languages are spoken in the surrounding secondary schools. It is the only borough in London to place young asylum seekers, refugees and recently arrived migrants in reception classes before they move into mainstream schooling. The supportive environment of the rehearsal studio provides students with the perfect opportunity to develop confidence and the skills required to work together as a team. In addition to developing their spoken and written English, students come away with a sense of pride that they have been a part of the Tricycle.


Fay Byron, a teacher from the Greenway Project at Claremont School in Brent said: “We always expect that the Minding the Gap project will boost our children’s confidence, as they are usually rather shy and reluctant to talk when they first join us. The project has definitely achieved that this year and thanks to the excellent facilitators, we have seen some remarkable changes in the children’s levels of confidence and spoken ability. It is a joy to see how much they have changed, and we are not sure whether this change could have been achieved without the aid of the Project.”

Nadia Papachronopoulou, a Drama Facilitator for Minding the Gap said: “Over the course of a year we create a show for the main stage at the Tricycle and made short films. The young people work with a professional playwright and professional film crew to help tell their stories and realise their ideas. I have never seen a performance where the actors are so happy to be part of a production, it has been incredible. I have watch participants turn from shy and self-conscious to be able to confidently speaking in English and always volunteering to do more acting! This program has been very empowering and allowing young people who have not been to a theatre before to be part of a company where they are the actors and I look forward to continuing this in the coming years.”

For more information on these projects or to find out about how to get involved, please contact the Creative Learning Team on 020 7625 0134 or email


Full cast announced for The Mother

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Tricycle

Tricycle Theatre presents the Theatre Royal Bath Production of
The Mother
By Florian Zeller, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton

21 January – 5 March
Press Night: Tue 26 Jan, 7pm

Directed by Laurence Boswell


Cast: Richard Clothier, Gina McKee, Frances McNamee and William Postlethwaite

The full cast is announced today for The Mother, transferring to the Tricycle Theatre from Ustinov Studio in Bath. Gina McKee, Richard Clothier and William Posthelwaite reprise their original roles and are joined by new cast member Frances McNamee. The production opens on 26 January, with previews from 21 January, and runs until 5 March.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children are grown and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne broods upon the actions of her husband and longs for the return of her favoured son.

Molière Award-winning playwright Florian Zeller returns to the Tricycle following 2015’s critically-acclaimed sell-out run of The Father which has now transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into several languages, including English. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel Fascination of Evil (La Fascination du Pire) and several Molière Awards for his plays. The Molières are considered France’s highest theatrical honour. Florian Zeller wrote his first novel Artificial Snow when he was twenty-two years old. His second novel, Lovers or Something Like It was well received but it was his third novel, Fascination of Evil (the 2004 Prix Interallié winner) which made him a household name in France. The book was selected for the Prix Goncourt. Theatre credits include L’Autre, Le Manège, Si tu mourais (Prix Jeune Théâtre of the Académie Française), Elle t’attend, La Mère, La Vérité, Le Père, Une Heure de tranquillité and Le Mensonge. His novels include (and UK/US translations) Neiges artificielles (Artificial Snow); Les Amants du n’importe quoi (Lovers or Something Like It); La Fascination du pire (The Fascination of Evil); Julien Parme (Julien Parme) and La Jouissance.

Christopher Hampton has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons. He was nominated again in 2007 for adapting Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac.

Richard Clothier plays The Father, Peter. For theatre his credits include Play Strindberg (Ustinov Studio; Theatre Royal Bath), King Lear (National Theatre), Fifty Words (Ustinov Studio; Theatre Royal Bath, Arcola Theatre), Richard III (awarded the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance), The Comedy of Errors (Best Touring Production, Theatre Awards UK 2011), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice (Propeller, UK and international tour), Enlightenment (Hampstead Theatre), The Promise (Orange Tree Theatre), Rose Rage (Duke’s Theatre, New York), The Tempest (Sheffield Crucible), The Browning Version (UK national tour/Theatre Royal Bath), Salome (US tour, New York), King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Dybbuk, The Tempest (RSC, Stratford), Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Virtuoso, The Alchemist (RSC, Barbican) and Tango at the End of Winter (Piccadilly Theatre). For television his credits include New Tricks, Henry V, Above Suspicion, Law & Order: UK, Spooks, Kingdom, City of Vice, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and The Brontës; and for film, Singularity, Hippie Hippie Shake, So This Is Romance? and Bye Bye Columbus.

Gina McKee plays The Mother, Anne. Her theatre credits include Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), King Lear (nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2011 Olivier Awards, Donmar Warehouse/UK tour/ Brooklyn Academy), Di and Viv and Rose (Hampstead Theatre), Ivanov, Old Times (Donmar Warehouse), Aristocrats (National Theatre), Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric Hammersmith) and Hammett’s Apprentice (Royal Court Theatre). For television her credits include By Any Means, Hebburn, Care, The Borgias, Secret State, Line of Duty, Missing, Vera, The Silence, Dive, Fiona’s Story, The Street The Old Curiosity Shop, Lewis, Tsunami Aftermath, The Lavender List, The Baby War, The Lost Prince, The Forsyte Saga, Dice, The Passion, Mothertime, Beyond Fear, The Treasure Seekers, Element of Doubt, Chest, Brass Eye and Our Friends in the North (Best Actress BAFTA 1996); and for film, Taj Mahal, Jimmy P, In the Loop, Atonement, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Mirror Mask, The Blackwater Lightship, The Reckoning, The Zookeeper, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble, Wonderland, Notting Hill, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Croupier and Naked.

Frances McNamee plays The Girl, Élodie. Her theatre credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost, Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC), Punishment without Revenge (Arcola/Theatre Royal   Bath/Belgrade   Coventry), Pride   and   Prejudice (Regent’s   Park), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal and Derngate), The Borrowers (Northern Stage), Epsom   Downs (Salisbury   Playhouse), The   Phoenix   of   Madrid, The Surprise of Love (Theatre Royal Bath) and Les Misérables 20th Anniversary Gala Performance (West End). Her film credits include Love in Fifteen Minutes.

William Postlethwaite plays The Son, Nicholas. His theatre credits include Brave New World (Royal and Derngate), Journey’s End (Watermill Theatre), Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Longing (Hampstead Theatre), Cinderella – the Midnight Princess (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Fireface (Young Vic Theatre), Collaborators (National Theatre) and As You Like It (Royal Exchange). For television his credits include Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, and for film, Containment and Tea for Two.

Laurence Boswell was appointed as Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath in 2011. Laurence has directed the following plays for the Ustinov Studio: Exit the King, Intimate Apparel, Punishment Without Revenge, A Lady of Little Sense, Fifty Words, The Double, In the Next Room, The Surprise of Love, Iphigenia, and The Phoenix of Madrid. Laurence is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. For Gate Theatre, London, Laurence directed a number of productions including the Spanish Golden Age Season, which won the 1992 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. Other theatre credits include Popcorn (Apollo), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Comedy), This Is Our Youth and Treats (Garrick) and Up for Grabs (Wyndham’s). For the RSC his credits include Beauty and the Beast (RSC) and Women Beware Women, The Dog in the Manger and Bartholomew Fair (the Swan).

The Mother runs at the Tricycle Theatre from 21 Jan – 5 Mar 2016. Find out more and book tickets.