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 program 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. *Please note, due to Covid-19 we will be operating on a reduced capacity of 30 seats*

Covid-19 Information & Policies

Thank you so much for joining us at the Canal Cafe Theatre! During these challenging times, we are 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 restrictions in effect in London from the 17th of May onwards. 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 been required to self-isolate 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 Covid-19 returns policy.

During your visit to the theatre, please:

  • Wear a face covering when in the common areas of the theatre and the pub including the foyer, stairwell and auditorium. You are welcome to remove this when seated or when enjoying a drink or snack!
  • Check into the Canal Cafe Theatre track and trace and the Bridge House track and trace upon arrival. Posters for both will available in the foyer.
  • Our seating allocation is arranged to abide by social distancing. You will be allocated a table and seat prior to your visit. Please ensure you take these seats when you arrive.
  • Regularly wash your hands and/or make use of the sanitiser provided.
  • Look to abide by social distancing by remaining 2 metres away from other groups or parties when in the auditorium and when entering/leaving the theatre.


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

Canal Cafe Theatre Box Office

The box office and auditorium will open 20 minutes prior to the show start time. 

In line with Covid-19 regulations, you will only be able to attend the theatre in a group of 6 or less or as two households. Please note this when making a booking with us.

All our tickets are now digital and they will be scanned by a member of our team upon arrival. There is no need to print these tickets instead, please ensure you have the barcode available on your phone or tablet.

As our team continue to work remotely, please contact mail@canalcafetheatre.com with any ticket or box office enquiries. 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. Due to Covid-19, we currently offer tables of two to abide by social distancing regulations however if you would like to make a group booking, please do contact the team on mail@canalcafetheatre.com.

Please note that this is a members-only theatre. We do charge £1.50 per person on the first ticket you buy. You will then be issued with a membership card (valid for one year) – hold on to it, pop it in your wallet and bring it along when you come next time too. (Oh, and if you get it stamped 4 times within the year, you can trade it in for a free ticket see NewsRevue on a Thursday or Sunday evening!)

Canal Cafe Theatre Food & Drinks

To abide by Covid-19 regulations, all food and drinks will be delivered via table service. We recommend that all patrons make use of this service as you will not be able to purchase a drink and/or food at the bar.

You will receive an email on the day of your visit with your table number and further instructions. 

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

The 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.