26 Crowndale: New look as Gate Theatre moves into Theatro Technis

First production will be Sami Ibrahim’s A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain

Monday, 25th July — By Tom Foot

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IT’S all change after Camden’s longest-serving fringe theatre changed its name and welcomed a new troupe into its building headed up by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti.

Theatro Technis in Somers Town is throwing open its doors to the Gate Theatre from Notting Hill in a new rebranded venture called “26 Crowndale”.

The theatre space is now hosting five arts and media companies and will be run by a new creative director, Kerry Kyriacos Michael MBE, who first met founder George Eugeniou 30 years ago when he volunteered for the theatre company.

Mr Eugeniou said: “I will continue to be the artistic director of Theatro Technis, a company I started 65 years ago. But it’s also important we look to the next generation and allow Kerry to develop other work in the building. He has a proven track record in developing exciting professional theatre for communities.”

George Eugeniou

Mr Eugeniou launched Theatro Technis in King’s Cross in 1957. It moved to Maiden Lane in 1972 and has been in the Crowndale Road premises since 1978.

It is continuing as a theatre company and will continue to put on shows at the venue, while sharing the space with the Gate, Scene and Heard theatre company, Uzong Films production company and Mr Michael’s company, Kyriacos and Co.

The Gate’s executive director and chief executive Shawab Iqbal said: “26 Crowndale addresses the physical accessibility challenges of our Notting Hill site, and allows us to continue to present groundbreaking work in a bigger auditorium.”

In a statement, Ms Chakrabarti – a former director of Liberty and shadow attorney general between 2016 and 2020, who is taking up her role as chair on the Gate board this month – said the company had “values of internationalism, diversity and community” at its core.

The Gate’s first production at 26 Crowndale will be Sami Ibrahim’s A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain. It will run from October 19 to November 5, one of five shows by the company.

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