The Tricycle views the world through a variety of lenses, bringing unheard voices into the mainstream. It presents high quality and innovative work, which provokes debate and emotionally engages. Located in Brent, the most diverse borough in London, the Tricycle is a local venue with an international vision.
Converted from a music and dance hall, the Tricycle opened in 1980 as the permanent home of the Wakefield Tricycle Company – a touring theatre company which presented new plays and children’s theatre throughout Britain and internationally. Ironically, they never played Wakefield.
Today, with Indhu Rubasingham as Artistic Director, the Tricycle Theatre continues its reputation for world-class British and international work, reflecting the exceptional diversity of its local community.
“What an incisive, fervent beginning. Indhu Rubasingham
takes over with panache at the Tricycle, bowing to the theatre’s
politically engaged tradition but giving it a sharp new turn”
Open seven days a week, the Tricycle has a unique 235 seat theatre, an independent 300 seat cinema, a vibrant bar and café, plus three rehearsal spaces which are used for our productions, workshops and Creative Learning projects.
The Tricycle is a hub where cultures connect and creativity can flourish.
To find out how you can support us, visit our Supporters page
We want to make theatre with soul that is curious about the world.
Whether it’s a play with music, new writing or a classic, we aim to present ambitious and entertaining theatre that offers a surprising perspective. Through style, subject, casting and geography, we want to make vibrant theatre and unexpected cultural connections.
The Tricycle presents six productions per year in our intimate and unique theatre. Many of these are ‘commissioned’ and written specifically for this theatre, or are programmed in collaboration with national or international companies.
Recent productions include Red Velvet (Critics’ Circle Award, Evening Standard Award, Transfer to St. Ann’s Warehouse, NYC), about the pioneering Black actor, Ira Aldridge, one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his day, and The Arabian Nights, a modern and playful reimagining of ancient tales.
International partnerships include Paper Dolls with Sundance Theatre Lab. Nationally, we have recently co-produced with Shared Experience, and collaborated with Tiata Fahodzi, Liverpool Everyman, and Eclipse Theatre.
The Tricycle’s luxury 300 seat cinema shows the best art-house and mainstream films alongside festivals and special Q&A screenings.
“This King of Kilburn is a sleek and stylish single-screen gem that attracts moviegoers from all over London” The Guardian
Highlights include our Q&As with acclaimed writers and directors, such as Moira Buffini, Dominic Dromgoole, Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, and with renowned actors including Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Kim Cattrall, Paul Chahidi, Julie Christie, Glenda Jackson, Simon Paisley Day and Rosamund Pike.
Recent partners have included: NT Live; Globe on Screen; BFI London Film Festival; Images of Black Women Film Festival; the UK Jewish Film Festival; DocHouse; Kilburn Film Festival.
For more details of our film programme, visit the cinema page.
The Tricycle’s Creative Learning programme works to develop the imaginations, aspirations and potential of children and young people in the diverse community of Brent and beyond. Collaborating with schools and young people, we use theatre, drama and film, to bring unheard young voices into the mainstream; creating work that engages the emotions and provokes debate. Whether as audiences, writers, performers or producers of new work at the theatre, young people are at the Tricycle’s heart.
For more details about the Creative Learning Programme, click here.
For details about Tricycle Young Company and opportunities for 11-25s, click here.
Box Office Phone: 020 7328 1000
Box Office opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 2pm-9pm.