The Courtyard
London, N1
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°31′40″N 0°05′01″W / 51.5279°N 0.0835°W / 51.5279; -0.0835
Public transitLondon Underground National Rail Old Street
DesignationGrade II listed

The Courtyard is a theatre housed in the former public library (originally known as the Passmore Edwards Free Library) in Pitfield Street in Hoxton, London Borough of Hackney, England. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

The Courtyard operates both a 150-seat main house and an 80-seat studio theatre. It is also home to the Iambic wine bar.

The Courtyard hosted the first London Horror Festival in October/November 2011,[2] a co-production between The Courtyard and Theatre of the Damned, the UK's first festival of horror in the performing arts.

The Courtyard benefits from its location in Hoxton, which is one of London's most exciting creative districts. It is consistently in demand as a venue for emerging artists to present their work.

The Courtyard is home to its own theatre company known as Court Theatre Training Company, a drama school that is accredited by Bucks New Uni.

King's Cross Award

The King's Cross Award for New Writing is an award for "imaginative, original work which explores the unique possibilities of writing for the stage", run by the Courtyard Theatre. It was founded in 2003, and the 7th contest was in 2015.[3][4]

Past winners have included Evan Placey for Mother of Him,[5] Michael Stewart for Karrie Owkie,[6] and Rob Johnson for Tunnel Vision.[7]


  1. ^ Theatre History, The Courtyard, London, UK.
  2. ^ "London Horror Festival". Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  3. ^ "The Kings Cross Award for New Writing 2011". Courtyard Theatre. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  4. ^ Smith, A. C. "King's Cross Award for New Writing from Courtyard Theatre (£10 fee, £5,000 prize)". London Playwrights. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  5. ^ "Mother of Him". Park Theatre. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  6. ^ "Michael Stewart". University of Huddersfield Research Portal. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  7. ^ "Sights at the end of the tunnel..." 27 July 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2024.