Welcome to today’s post celebrating London’s performance venues. Today I’m looking at venues beginning with ‘J’.
The Jack Studio theatre, a 50-seater, shares a space with the Brockley Jack pub, and opened in 1992. It is a registered charity and puts on productions of established classics and new writing. The current artistic director is Kate Bannister and associate companies are OutFox and Bruce Farce.
The Jacksons Lane Art Centre (JLAC) is based in Highgate on Archway Road. It opened in 1975 and comprises a 166 capacity main theatre and five multi-use spaces. The building which now houses JLAC was previously the Jackson’s Lane Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (closed in the 1960s).
A music venue in Camden Town, housed in a former branch of Barclays Bank, the Jazz Cafe opened in 1990 in its current premises, following a run in Stoke Newington. Under the management of Mean Fiddler until 2016, it is now run by the Columbo Group.
The Jermyn Street Theatre is a 70-seater space in Piccadilly Circus. Opened in 1994 in the former staff changing rooms of the Spaghetti House restaurant, it is owned and managed by Howard Jameson and Penny Horner.
The current artistic director is Tom Littler, who took over in 2017 and turned the theatre into a full-scale producing house, with shows built into a succession of linked seasons such as “Portraits”.