Award-winning Canal Café Theatre has been perched on the edge of the Regent’s Canal since the 70’s . It is a renowned comedy, cabaret and theatre venue and over the years has helped launch some of the biggest names in Comedy ranging from John Oliver to the League of Gentlemen to Miranda Hart. Other notable comedians to have trodden the boards of the Canal include Eddie Izzard, The Mighty Boosh, Catherine Tate and Dara O’Briain to name but a few. In 2002, an in-house production of Lucky Stiff made history by being the only Fringe Theatre production to be nominated in the Whatsonstage Awards for Best Musical Revival in the same category as the likes of Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady in the West End.

Home to Guinness World Record-Breaking NewsRevue and boasting a jam-packed programme of world-class theatre and comedy, this 60 seat theatre is based above the charming Bridge House Pub, which is perfect for pre and post show dining and drinks.

Covid-19 Information & Policies

Thank you so much for joining us at the Canal Cafe Theatre! We are always so grateful for any and all support of our theatre and of the artists that bring our stage to life.

The below guidance is in relation to the Covid-19 government regulations. These are subject to change. Please continue to check in with us here to remain up to date with our practices at the Canal Cafe Theatre.

If you or a member of your household/party has tested positive for Covid-19 and/or suspects they may have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attend the theatre. In this instance, please contact us via email on mail@canalcafetheatre.com to discuss our returns policy.

Our top priority is to keep all our audience, staff and artists safe and we would therefore like you to consider abiding by the following guidelines when visiting the theatre:

  • Please consider wearing a face covering when in the theatre and the pub including the foyer, the stairwell and auditorium unless you are exempt.
  • We do not offer an allocated seating plan (bar NewsRevue) and all our shows are available on general admission. That said, our box office team will look to socially distance audience members as much as possible. We would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation here.
  • Please regularly wash your hands and/or make use of the sanitiser provided.
  • Please consider remaining 2 metres away from other groups or parties when in the auditorium and when entering/leaving the theatre where possible.


We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Canal Cafe Theatre Box Office

The box office and auditorium will open 10 minutes prior to the show start time. 

All our tickets are now digital. There is no need to print these tickets instead, please ensure you have the barcode and/or booking reference available on your phone or tablet.

Please contact mail@canalcafetheatre.com with any ticket or box office inquiries. One of our staff will then be in touch to assist you with your purchase. Please note, your tickets are not booked until a member of staff has taken payment.

If you think you’re going to be late, please contact the theatre ahead of time in order to arrange your arrival. 

It is always best to book to avoid disappointment, and as the seating is arranged by tables, even more so if you have a large group and want to sit together. If you would like to make a group booking, please contact the team on mail@canalcafetheatre.com.

Please note that all tickets are subject to booking fees.

Canal Cafe Theatre Drinks

You will be able to purchase drinks at the bar downstairs prior to any performance and have them with you throughout the show.

If you would like to spend time in the pub before or after the show, tables at the Bridge House Pub can be booked by calling 02072664326 or by visiting their website www.thebridgehouselittlevenice.co.uk/

Accessibility at the Canal Cafe Theatre

Access to the theatre is up a flight of stairs, and as such, it is not wheelchair accessible. Please do contact us regarding any accessibility issues as we are always willing to answer questions and assist in any way we can.

Hiring The Canal Cafe Theatre

Canal Café Theatre is available to hire for shows, rehearsals, workshops and filming. We are always keen to hear about new productions, gigs and acts and discover new talent. We are able to host 7 shows a week in an evening performance slot of 7pm, 7.30pm or 8pm as well as additional matinees at weekends. Please don’t hesitate to contact the team at mail@canalcafetheatre.com for more information about venue hire.