The Etcetera Theatre is one of London's best-known pub theatres. Situated above The Oxford Arms on Camden High Street, the Etcetera is only 75 metres from Camden Town tube station and is at the heart of one of the city's busiest and most vibrant areas.
Since 1986, the Etcetera has played host to the very best of the London Fringe. New writing, revivals, comedy, magic, musicals, readings and previews – you name it, it happens here.
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The best word for this venue: chaos.
If you can squeeze through the heaving bar downstairs, make it up the narrow staircase and find a seat in the tiny theatre, you will then have the hard task of getting enough oxygen to sustain you. The Etcetera Theatre was so unbearably hot and suffocating, I was forced to strip down to the bare minimum amount of clothing allowed in decent society.
I also went here for the first time to catch a fringe festival preview. Random is right, in the way that only Camden can deliver. If I was not tipped off about this place I never would have come across it. And now it's on my radar I can see that it makes an amusing substitute to visiting the Edinburgh fringe itself (not that I've ever been). The array of comedy on offer is impressive, and...more
On a recent return to the Etcetera Theatre (I produced a show there in March) to see improvised comedy, I thought once more about the pros and cons of an above pub theatre.
The Oxford Arms is a fairly decent pub. Perhaps a little too heavy on the sports screens and bouncers on the doors, and a little light on anything bordering cultural, but it's fine. But sadly, it's probably the main...more
The Etcetera Theatre is a great little place, probably the best Theatre to see Fringe Productions in town. It's basically just a small room, completely black - with a few rows of seating... I don't imagine you can cram more than about forty people in there.
The space for performers is quite small; and I've talked to actors who say it can be a little too small - but I think it adds a real...more
Ok. Pub theatre. Where do I stand? I guess that I think it's a vital part of the London theatre scene, but worry that the lack of any kind of funding means that the quality of theatre that goes on in them is often not worth parting with 10 pounds for.
I've been to the etcetera twice in the last six months, once to see a play satirising the royal family, once to see an old peter schaffer...more