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by Karen Grikitis (subscribe)
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Published July 22nd 2012
A gem in the cosmopolis that is Kilburn High Road,
The Tricycle theatre, cinema and café/gallery, occupies a special place in North West London's cultural heartland. Renowned for
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The Tricycle Theatre and Cinema, Kilburn High Raod
reflecting the ethnic diversity of the locality and the political issues of the time, the 240-seater theatre regularly stages tribunal plays (based on verbatim accounts of public inquiries), such as 'The Colour of Justice' based on the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. These performances are interspersed with contemporary dramas like Alan Ayckbourn's 'Neighbourhood Watch' and musical productions such as the recent 'Jazz at Café Society'. Tickets for theatre productions typically cost around £15 to £18 and can be purchased online.

In October 2012 Indhu Rubasingham starts her first season as Artistic Director and plans to attract a younger, more diverse audience, while retaining the mainly white, professional one. She kicks off the new season in October with
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The bar at the Tricycle Theatre and Cinema
'Red Velvet', by Lolita Chakrabarti, starring Adrian Lester (Mickey in 'Hustle'). The Tricycle theatre also has a programme of shows and workshops aimed at children and young people, from as young as two years of age
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The cafe/gallery at the Tricycle Theatre and Cinema

The Tricycle cinema, which has its own separate, glass-fronted entrance on Buckley Road, around the corner from the theatre's more discrete entrance on Kilburn High Road, shows a weekly mix of newly released movies, old classics and foreign language films. There is only one screen and the auditorium has a cinema club feel to it, although the range of refreshments is limited and you need to buy these at the ticket desk. Tickets are marginally cheaper than the big multiplexes. There is a high-ceilinged, light-filled seating area where you can sit and have a drink and a nibble before the film starts.
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Entrance to the Tricycle Cinema

The café/gallery and bar, which serves alcoholic, soft and hot drinks and a range of snacks and light meals is located under the same roof and can be accessed using either entrance. As well as providing pre-theatre/cinema and interval refreshments, it is a café/gallery in its own right with an exhibition space for contemporary artists.

The nearest underground stop to the Tricycle is Kilburn on the Jubilee Line and Brondesbury is the closest overground station. Both are about five minutes' walk away.
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Why? Culturally diverse theatre and cinema
Phone: 020 7372 6611, Box office 020 7328 1000
Where: 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
Cost: £15 - £18 typical theatre ticket
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