MUST DO: Euston’s two theatres

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You might be surprised to hear that there are a couple of world-class auditoriums with cutting-edge schedules

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Shaw Theatre

Stage view from the cinema-style theatre. Photo: PR
To the uninitiated, the Shaw may be a surprising find, seating 450 in a cinema-style space just behind the Euston Road.

Originally built in 1971 as the Library Theatre, it’s part of the Pullman hotel, and now named after legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw.

If you’re passing, it’s also worth stopping outside the venue to see the imposing contemporary sculpture St Joan, by artist Keith Grant, which references Shaw’s play of the same name.

This summer and autumn sees a busy schedule of performances, from panto to the World Burlesque Games, stand-up sessions to body-building competitions. Tickets and more info here, 100-110 Euston Road NW1.

New Diorama

The 80-seat venue in full-swing. Photo: PR
Into cutting edge plays? Make haste then to the New Diorama, a modern auditorium in Regent’s Place. Acclaimed for its support of both emerging and established theatre companies, it also works extensively with the local Euston and Somers Town community, creating innovative projects, workshops and shows, as well as ensuring the space is somewhere residents “can come and be creative themselves”. Tickets and more info here, 15-16 Triton St NW1.

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