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Theatre Royal Stratford East


Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, LONDON, E15 1BN
020 8534 0310
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In 1884, actor-manager Charles Dillon had the vision to create Stratford’s first permanent playhouse and so the Theatre Royal Stratford East was formed. His belief was so strong that he employed James George Buckle as his architect before applying for the licence to open the venue. After some initial objections, the application was granted and the theatre was created that still thrives to this day.

On its opening day of 17 December 1884, Dillon himself went on to star in the lead role of the first play ever presented at the newly-created theatre: Lytton Strachey’s Richelieu; Or The Conspiracy.

The theatre is now a Grade II listed building with a capacity of 460, which is distributed over three tiers.

Theatre Royal Stratford East is owned by Pioneer Theatres & Limited and led by Artistic Director Nadia Fall. It plays a crucial role in supporting new writing and is the home of the Theatre Workshop Company, which is best known for its association with the director Joan Littlewood, who served as Artistic Director for over 20 years.

Transport

Stratford Station is served by National Rail (Greater Anglia, London Overground, and c2c), the Docklands Light Railway, and the Central and Jubilee lines (zone 2).

Restaurant

MEZA EAST - a taste of Lebanon in East London. Delicious fresh food served daily.

Bar

Mon-Sun open from 12pm

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: www.stratfordeast.com/your-visit/access/

Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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