Top dog in East London... The Yard
Top dog in East London… The Yard

The Yard in Hackney Wick has been voted the second most popular theatre in London.

In an online poll conducted by Time Out, The Yard ranked above the likes of Shakespeare’s Globe and The Young Vic, only to be pipped to the top spot by the National Theatre.

In response to its success, founder and artistic director Jay Miller states that The Yard remains a theatre outside of the establishment.

“We don’t listen to rules. We don’t make dogma. We always try to make something new because that’s what this world needs,” he said.

Recent awards for The Yard include the 2014 Off West End Theatre Awards Special Panel Award for Outstanding Achievement and the 2013 Empty Space Peter Brook/Mobius Award for supporting emerging artists.

This year Beyond Caring, Alexander Zeldin’s play about zero-hours contracts, became the second play developed by The Yard to be transferred to the National Theatre.

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