Our building has a proud history, starting life in 1929 as a meeting hall for the Friendly Society of Foresters. The hall was converted to a theatre in 1980 by Shirley Barrie and Ken Chubb, who named it the Tricycle in honour of their touring theatre company, the Wakefield Tricycle Company. In 1984, Nicolas Kent became the artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre and for the next 28 years grew its reputation as a major political powerhouse.
Today, following our much-needed major architectural renovation, the building is future-proofed for the next generations of theatregoers and theatre-makers. Our capital development project has:
- made our theatre accessible to everyone: in our front of house areas, in our auditorium and backstage
- improved the theatrical experience with a flexible stage, individual comfortable seating and great sightlines throughout the auditorium
- created improvements outside the auditorium, by building more toilets and opening a welcoming new café on Kilburn High Road
- unearthed original features from the Foresters’ Hall and made them visible within the building
Everyone here has worked tirelessly to achieve this ambitious project. We are really proud that with these essential improvements we can ensure our longevity as a theatre of international reach and a space for the whole community, while celebrating our history and everything that has come before us.
This transformed Tricycle is renamed Kiln Theatre – a name that echoes Kilburn, the place where we live. It speaks of energy and creativity and inspires a sense of warmth. We are a local theatre with international influence, proudly located in Brent, the most culturally diverse borough in London.