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It’s a barrel of laughs and tears at Barons Court Theatre

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Image captionImage 1: Forbear Theatre company founder. Rachel Middle

Tucked away in the cellar of the Curtains Up pub in Barons Court sits a hidden gem in the borough’s treasure chest of entertainment venues.

The Barons Court Theatre in Comeragh Road has a jam-packed schedule of drama and comedy to keep you entertained through these dreary winter nights – further strengthening H&F’s cultural pedigree and stellar stage line-up that includes The Lyric and Bush Theatre.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council aims to make the borough one of the leading places in the country for the arts as outlined in its new Arts Strategy (pdf).

“The Barons Court Theatre is another example of the thriving arts scene in H&F that gives residents even more choice of top quality entertainment right on their doorstep, boosts local businesses and increases employment opportunities,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration. “We want to make H&F one of the best artistic hubs in the country.”

Drama-tastic fun

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Image caption: Image 2: Forbear Theatre production The Grand Duke

Forbear Theatre company founder Rachel Middle is a huge fan of the intimate venue in Barons Court.

This is the third time Rachel and her team have performed at the pub theatre and it only gets better with their latest show The Grand Duke proving a real hit with the locals.

“Barons Court Theatre is a really exciting space and one of the most intimate venues that I have ever been to,” said Rachel.

“You are extremely close to the audience so the actors can really get up close and personal with the crowd which makes the whole experience even more fun and enjoyable.

“It has really helped us to bring to life the story of the Grand Duke and the feedback from the audience has been great so far.”

The Grand Duke is a tribute to the last work of the celebrated Victorian duo of W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, and their comical antics.

Expect to see the beer flowing, men wearing leather shorts and the sausage rolls being simply the wurst as Rachel and the gang take you to sunny Bavaria.

The show is in its second week and will run until 27 January.

Winter highlights

Here are the other upcoming shows at the Barons Court Theatre:

Confessions of a Mad Man
30 Jan – 4 Feb

This is not one for the faint-hearted. Storyteller Vijay G uses dramatised poetry reading to cover topics such as depression, drug use and all the other ills in today’s society. His words will leave their mark on you.

The Maids
6 Feb – 10 Feb

The popular Angel Theatre Company returns to W14 with their own take on Jean Genet’s The Maids set in a luxurious bedroom where two maids fantasise about killing their employer. Get your tickets fast as their shows tend to sell out rather quickly.

O Jackie
20 Feb – 4 Mar

Regulars at the venue, Stage Theatre Company, bring the gripping tale of three of the most iconic figures of the 20th century – Jackie Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas – and the love triangle they were involved in. Bring your safety goggles as audience members take part in the plate smashing.

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Image caption: Image 3: The Curtains Up pub in Barons Court

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