Articles for January, 2016


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.


Alix Dunmore on living in Ancient Rome

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 by Tricycle

Alix Dunmore is currently playing a plethora of different characters in Ben Hur at the Tricycle Theatre. We asked Alix how she’d feel about living in Ancient Rome, when the play is set.

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



John Hopkins on why Ben Hur is the greatest book ever penned

Friday, January 1st, 2016 by Tricycle

Following on from our previous blog in which Alix Dunmore told us why she thinks Ben Hur is the greatest book ever penned, we asked John Hopkins the same question!

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