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By Tube:
We are situated 3mins from Warwick Avenue station (Bakerloo), 5mins from Royal Oak (Hammersmith and City line) and 10mins from Paddington (District, City, Bakerloo and National Rail Services). Easy peasy.

By Bus:
6, 46 and 187 buses all stop just outside Warwick Avenue tube station. The 18 bus also stops nearby.

By Car - Parking:
Most of the area is for residents only. There are pay and display spaces outside the pub which cost £1.20 per hour. The parking wardens are HOT in this area!

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Address: Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND.

If you wish to get in touch with regards to performing at the theatre, then drop Alex or India an email: and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Our office number is 0207 289 6056, but please note that this is NOT the box office number.

More about us

Emma Taylor Artistic Director and Producer of NewsRevue
Emma has been artistic director since 2001. Her inaugural show Lucky Stiff, received a Whatonstage Best Musical Revival Nomination, the only Fringe production alongside West End shows. Emma then went onto direct and act in some rarely performed Christopher Durang shorts and put them together in two separate shows: American Trioand American Shorts. American Trio gave rise to the birth of Fringe Report when editor John Park came to see the production and was duly inspired to create the 10 year- long institution. Emma received Fringe Report's first Theatre Person of the Year Award and then she went on to co-present the annual awards. Aside from Mamet's The Shawl that Emma directed in 2008 with Scarlett Strallen and David Calvito, Emma's directing emphasis has largely been on new writing, usually with a comic element. Highlights have included Dulcas's Women by former writer in residence Terry Newman, which transferred to the Pleasance, Edinburgh and received a Best Actress nomination from The Stage for actress Gen Swallow. Shamlet, which also transferred to Edinburgh, by Andrew Doyle who has recently become associate writer at Canal Café Theatre. Andrew also co-wrote Sam 'n' Emma, Pop Tarts, that Emma performed in and produced, (Canal Café Theatre/Pleasance, London & Edinburgh). Andrew and Emma are currently collaborating on a brand new musical. The 5 star, sell- out run of Stage Fright by Lynn Howes with Abi Titmuss. Emma also directed the audio version for Wireless Theatre Company. Last year Emma was delighted to direct Jacker and Baker by Professor Michael Hodd, founder of NewsRevue and owner of Canal Café Theatre also for Wireless Theatre Company. NSDF commended, critically acclaimed Marion Allen's Number One Hobby (Canal Canal Café Theatre & Pleasance, Edinburgh) by former writer in residence now associate writer Bea Roberts. A Coalition Carol by Bea Roberts, which Emma directed and also played the role of the director Jools. Emma also directs and performs in Canal Voice, a performer/writer initiative on a specific theme, which takes place sporadically throughout the year. Programming highlights have included Eddie Izzard, Daniel Kitson, Garth Merenghi and Miranda Hart, to name but very few. Last but not least Emma has presided over NewsRevue in London and Edinburgh working alongside some wonderful young producers in order to find the creme de la creme of new UK comedy talent. In 2004 Emma approached Guinness World Records to see if NewsRevue was a world record-breaker. It turned out it was and Emma was honoured to receive the Guinness World Record certificate on the show’s behalf on its 25th Anniversary, 18th August 2004 in Edinburgh where it all began.

Annie Biddlecombe Theatre Manager and Assistant Producer of NewsRevue
Annie studied Film and Literature at University of Warwick. After graduating in 2007 she set out with a change of direction, and pursued a career in live theatre and comedy. Annie has managed Canal Café Theatre since 2011, and produced many runs of the London version of NewsRevue. Other recent producing credits include Punch by Steven Bloomer (Underbelly, 2012), A Coalition Carol (Canal Café Theatre, 2012), Canal Voice (Canal Café Theatre, 2011) and she is currently producing an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark for this coming December.

Katie Pesskin Theatre Administrator
Katie is also the Lounge Programmer at Leicester Square Theatre. Whilst at Bristol University, Katie founded theatre company As Told By Productions who work closely with Greenwich Theatre. Credits include 35mm (Bedlam Theatre, 2013), As You Like It (Pleasance, 2012), Macbeth (Bristol Museum, 2012), The Country (Little Black Box/Pleasance 2011/12).

Ashley Mochan Technical Director
Ashley has recently graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and drama. Before joining Canal Café Theatre, Ash spent three years working as a Duty technician at Hampstead Theatre. Credits include Head of Automation for Chariots of Fire (on stage), Deputy Head of Technical for C venues at the Edinburgh fringe, production manager for the Accidental Festival at the Camden Roundhouse.

Adam Morley Associate Director
Adam Morley is an award winning Director and Producer. His work in film and advertising has twice been nominated at Cannes Lions winning in 2006. He won an Editor’s Choice Award for Best New Venue, Edinburgh 08, and he directed the winning show for Writers Avenue (Seconds) which received a transfer to the Pleasance main house. Last year he was awarded Best Director for Theatre & Film at the Fringe Report Awards 2012. Adam is the Associate Director of the Canal Café Theatre and directed last year's critically acclaimed Edinburgh show to five star reviews and sold out audiences. He has also completed an acclaimed UK tour of great expectations with Baroque Theatre and returned to the West End to direct Dracula last October. This year he has directed Lady Windemere's Fan in a sold out run, new writing based on the life of Woody Allen at The Pleasance Theatre, as well as directing shows for the University of Cumbria.

Andrew Doyle Associate Writer
Andrew is a playwright and stand-up comedian. His plays include Borderland (national tour for 7:84 Theatre Company, Scotland), Jimmy Murphy Makes Amends (BBC Radio 4) and The Second Mr Bailey (BBC Radio 4). His most recent solo stand-up show was Whatever It Takes at the Soho Theatre in 2013. He is currently working on a musical adaptation for YMT of Terry Pratchett’s novel Soul Music.

Bea Roberts Associate Writer
A West Country writer with diverse interests and a natural bent towards irreverent, dark comedy. In addition to writing plays, Bea has also written sketches, radio comedy, storytelling pieces and stand-up comedy. As well as the Canal Café Theatre, Bea has written for the Lyric Hammersmith, The Bristol Old Vic, Bolton Octagon, Tobacco Factory Theatre and Exeter Bike Shed. She was a finalist for the prestigious BBC Writers’ Academy and Channel 4 4Screenwriting programmes and is represented by Katie Williams at The Agency, for more information please visit

Professor Michael HoddFounder of Canal Café Theatre and NewsRevue
Michael Hodd was educated at Cambridge, LSE and Princeton and has worked as an economist in Universities in Australia, the UK and India. In 1979 he was responsible for creating NewsRevue and then the Canal Café Theatre in 1984. With John Close he has authored three musicals: Ronnie & Reggie Request on the Kray brothers; Joe on the life of Joe Orton; and Bogart on Humphrey Bogart. Michael is a commissioned writer for BBC Radio.

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