The Drayton Arms Theatre

The Drayton Arms Theatre, London: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Drayton Arms Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Drayton Arms Theatre
4.5
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
A boutique studio theatre sat above the Drayton Arms pub. Showcasing the best new British and European theatre companies, seven days a week. Check our website for the current line up.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
How to get there
  • Gloucester Road • 7 min walk
  • Earl's Court • 9 min walk

4.5
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Amanda
1 contribution
Lovely dinner
Sep 2020 • Friends
Booked for dinner and drinks, was beautiful, clean and very friendly. Had a lovely south african server who was on the ball!
Written September 25, 2020
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Scrabbleplayer
Sussex10 contributions
Great pub theatre, great staff and a great show - well worth a visit
Sep 2019
Visited for the first time last night to see "Florence Smith - Now and Then"written by Christopher Saul and performed by Ursula Mohan. A one woman show about the life of the author's grandmother from the Boer War to 1969, the play was sensitively written and beautifully acted. I also loved the theatre. I took my elderly mother; she is tiny and losing her hearing, so I spoke to one of the staff and explained this. They gave us seats in the front row so she could see and hear clearly. Well done and thanks to the Front of House Manager.!! I really appreciated your response. My only slight concern was that the show attracted lots of older people, some with mobility problems, and waiting outside the theatre for the doors to open got tricky. People were standing on the staircase and blocking access to one of the loos but they didn't want to trail up and down the stairs again (the people next to us in the queue were 95 and 80 something, and on walking sticks). It wouldn't be a problem with a younger audience who could get up and down the stairs easily but I mention it in case you are older/frail/mobility impaired. For this particular show, it might have been better to let the audience in slightly early to avoid the congestion. Don't let this comment put you off; the nature of the show meant that it attracted an older audience. The theatre is well set up, has comfortable seats with a good view of the stage area and the staff are great. I will definitely be visiting again.
Written September 3, 2019
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claire_readuk
Kent, UK118 contributions
Small but nice
Feb 2018 • Couples
A very small and intimate venue with a good view from any seat. Well worth a visit to see a play from new talent.
Written February 11, 2018
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Bellylou
Hertford, UK1,131 contributions
Tiny but nice theatre
Dec 2017 • Friends
A very small and intimate venue with a good view from any seat. Efficient staff so well worth a visit if there is a play on you’d like to see. Pub downstairs also does nice food/ and sometimes a discount for theatre goers.
Written December 21, 2017
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MT J
London, UK107 contributions
Pub plus theatre
Sep 2016 • Friends
Pub theatre is a London tradition; it acts as a springboard for new talent. The Drayton Arms is a typical old pub sensitively modernised to make it more spacious. The theatre is up a steep narrow staircase, and is perfectly comfortable. This is not a theatre review - you pays your money and you takes what you gets given! Anything could happen.
Written September 29, 2016
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Thanks for taking the time to review us - sorry if you didn't enjoy the show that night - but do keep coming - anything can happen and we try to keep an eclectic and exciting programme, but springboards can produce unpredictable results!! Best wishes, Antonio
Written October 17, 2016
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suryemist
County Durham, UK65 contributions
Traditional British Pub with a Twist!
Apr 2016 • Couples
I've just returned from a weekend in London with my husband. We went to The Royal Albert Hall for a Riger Hodgson concert (which was fabulous by the way!) and we were looking for something to do for our second/last night.
We liked the idea of going to see a show but not the price that some of the theatres were asking for tickets and we stumbled across The Drayton Arms.
A really small theatre upstairs in an atmospheric traditional British Pub. What a fabulous night!!!
We booked front row seatson line in advance (but there are only four or five rows anyway!) and I'm glad we did as it was full. We saw a great show called 'The Lucky Stiff' performed by some fantastic actors with great singing voices. It was within walking distance of our hotel and it really was a fabulous night. Needless to say it will be the first thing we look at when we take out next trip!!
Written May 1, 2016
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I'm so glad you enjoyed The Lucky Stiff - especially in such august company on your trip as Riger Hodgson! The same company will be back with two shows in the New Year - I hope to see you again then. Best wishes, Antonio
Written October 17, 2016
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sussex kathy
Horsham, UK188 contributions
Great opera!
Apr 2016 • Friends
Fabulous professional production (by Euphonia) of La Traviata, beautifully sung, brilliantly acted, in the intimate upstairs room at the pub. I became completely absorbed and quite forgot that the accompaniment was not an orchestra but a keyboard (wonderfully played). Rannweig Karadottir was spell-binding as Violetta.
Thank you to all involved.
Written April 24, 2016
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Hi Kathy - I'm so glad you liked the performance - I'm very proud to have gotten Euphonia to come here - and with any luck they'll be back in November - perhaps we'll see you then! Best wishes, Antonio
Written April 25, 2016
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Natasha_J_Soliar
London, UK412 contributions
5* EXCELLENT "Good King Richard" . Lovely intimate theatre . Good pub for interval .
Mar 2016 • Friends
I took my friend to see the production of "Good King Richard" which I hope moves to the West End, so many more people can see it as it's phenomenal. It's at the Drayton until 12 March so catch it if you can.

Powerfully written from the scathing account of Richards adversary Cardinal Norton this is, as true an account as you can ever get. Wonderful acting from the entire cast with nothing to distract from the magnitude of this long over due story. My friend also loved it and he didn't even know anything about the historical context so you don't have to be a history buff for this to hit all the right notes.

Drayton Arms is a lovely, casual fringe theatre, you're only ever 3 rows from the actors, seated on jean clad benches, so it's a really intimate experience {I did decline the front row, though}. Sadly this was the first time the voices of the patrons heading for the Gents on the same floor, briefly overpowered the dialogue {maybe a member of staff at the stairwell when productions are running to ask gents to be quiet would be possible?}. Besides that, I love this little theatre and the pub below.

We had canned soft drinks tonight as we'd eaten at Nando's before hand (Apple & Rhubarb and Ginger) which came to £5.40 . . I would prefer their plastic glasses for theatre goers were new not re-used as they do seem tired and cloudy which is never nice.

Top tip: due to signal problems there was no West bound Circle or District tube service so we caught the C1 from Victoria taking in the beauty of London at night in just 40 minutes which actually stops outside the Drayton Arms {get off at the stop after Cresswell Gardens}.The driver didn't know this herself so she learnt something too . . and I promised to have a tipple for her.

Nice venue & GREAT production of Good King Richard.
Written March 5, 2016
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Hi Natasha - thanks for reviewing us - I'm so glad you liked the play. Thanks for your feedback about the gents - that is a problem we're working on with new soundproofing - its usually only an issue on rugby match days - the pub regulars are generally more sedate! I will pass on your comments about glasses to Leigh and the team downstairs and see what we can do. Thanks for the bus tip - I didn't realise the journey was so short - I might try that myself. Best wishes, Antonio
Written March 9, 2016
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perfect_spy
London, UK878 contributions
Great fringe theatre
Oct 2015 • Solo
Upstairs from the pub, very intimate stage allowing the audience to become part of the performance. Seats are comfy enough to enjoy the show.
Written December 13, 2015
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Thanks for reviewing us last year! We've upgraded the auditorium since you came so the seats are even comfier and the view is better too. Hope you get a chance to come and try them soon.... Regards, Antonio
Written October 17, 2016
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Smokey1533
London, UK26 contributions
Nice little theatre, with a 5* production of 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Aug 2015 • Solo
A nice little theatre above a pub, with a 5* production of 'much ado about nothing' running until the 7th September. This is a very modern production of the Shakespeare classic, casting a female in the role of Claudio. But it is to the credit of the production, and that of the actors starring in it, that you do not pay any attention to the change. Despite its very modern production, the play stays true to its original and dialogue. The actors are all superbly cast. It is a very enjoyable and fun production, with something for everyone to enjoy. You do not need to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy this play
Written August 23, 2015
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The Drayton Arms Theatre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM