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It's May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. The iPhone doesn't exist, no one knows who Harry Potter is and Titanic is on the shelves of every Blockbuster. Britain is the coolest place in the world.
At the local secondary school, it's a different story. It's the last week of term and Tobias, the new German language assistant has just arrived in the UK. While political change occurs outside of the classroom, a revolution slowly starts to take place within it. Tobias is greeted by a group of eccentric schoolteachers just trying to make it through the day, including Miss Belltop-Doyle who can't control her year 10s and Mr Pashley who is trying to keep a confiscated Tamagotchi alive.
This whip-smart show is a love letter to education in the 90s and is jam-packed with more hits than ‘Now That’s What I Call 1997’ including Oasis, Katrina and the Waves, The Spice Girls. Crammed with Teletubbies references, jokes about Take That and the Macarena, Education Education Education is the new must see comedy of 2019 and plays a strictly limited 4 week season at the Trafalgar Studios.
- Booking until: Saturday, 29 June 2019
- Running time: 75 minutes
Trafalgar Studios (One)4/5 - based on 1 review - (Read reviews) 4 1 review Tickets from £29.50
- Booking from: Saturday, 6 July 2019
Booking until: Saturday, 7 September 2019
- Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Trafalgar Studios (One) Facilities
- Air conditioned
- Infrared hearing loop
- Member of Q-Park scheme
Trafalgar Studios (One) Location
Nearest Tube station
- Charing Cross
Nearest Rail Station
- Charing Cross
- (Whitehall) 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176
- (Whitehall) 12, 24, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N11, N18, N20, N44, N52, N87, N91, N97, N109, N136, N155, N381 (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N89, N279, N343, N551
Trafalgar Studios (One) history
From the outside
Noticeable for its three surprisingly high arches, Trafalgar Studios was built in 1930 and consists of two separate areas. Studio 1 is a sloped auditorium in dark blue, once the old Whitehall Theatre’s dress circle. Studio 2 is created from the old stalls and has just 100 seats.
Trafalgar Studios Theatre architecture and history
Trafalgar Studios looks new. But looks are deceptive. There was a pub on the site from 1650 and while the theatre only opened in its current form in 2004, the original building dates back to 1930. Named the Whitehall Theatre, it was designed by Edward Stone with Art Deco interiors by Marc-Henri and Laverdet.
The Trafalgar Studios are tiny, as was the original Whitehall Theatre, which showed fringe productions and during World War Two, in 1942, actually hosted strippers, followed by a suite of popular comedies, the so-called Whitehall Farces, between 1950 and the late ‘60s. They even staged a nude show in 1969, which while highly controversial was also very popular!
In the 1970s the theatre failed and was replaced by a museum, set up without permission. In 1986 the theatre was refurbished and re-opened as a television and radio recording studio in the late 1990s, hosting the occasional play and concert.
The theatre was Grade 2 listed in 1996, mainly for the auditorium’s ‘decorative cohesion and prettiness’, with the ‘best surviving original fabric of this type of theatre’.
In the early 2000s the venue struck lucky, with a radical transformation that turned the building from a standard 700 seater into two delightfully intimate auditoriums with 380 and 100 seats respectively, designed by the architects Tim Foster and John Muir.
These days, as Trafalgar Studios 1 and 2, it is a popular venue for intimate, small scale stage productions, and is owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.
Past shows at the Trafalgar Studios Theatre
Past hits at the Trafalgar Studios theatre, in its original form, include Three Sisters, Puppetry of the Penis, Rat Pack Confidential, and Sing-a-Long-a-ABBA. Sweeney Todd, Alan Bennett's The Old Country, Jane Eyre and Bent have also been staged there, as has Educating Rita, Confessions of a Dancewhore and State Fair.
Trafalgar Studios Theatre access
Trafalgar Studios are accessible to wheelchairs. The main entrance is on Whitehall. Studio 1 has wheelchair spaces in the front row and Studio 2 offers a wheelchair space in the front row. If you can transfer to seating, you’re welcome to do so. Guide dogs are welcome in the auditoria, or staff can dog-sit if you prefer.
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