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The Tabernacle Theatre

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Access information:

Sound Amplification:

There is no hearing assistance system.


There are also Disabled Toilets available on both the Ground & First floors of the Tabernacle.

Level Access:

There is level access into the venue and throughout most areas throughout the building. There are 2 lifts taking you to all levels in the building. The Front lift, located to the right of the Main entrance, offers access into the Theatre Bar / Theatre Balcony level on the 1st Floor going up to the Meeting Room on the 2nd Floor. The Back lift* is located just past the ground floor toilets on the left hand side and allows you access to Mangrove Steelband on the Lower Ground Floor, the Main Pit of the Theatre and Dance Studio on the 1st Floor and the Music Room and Offices on the 2nd Floor. *Please be aware that all lifts are currently undergoing essential maintenance and are out of use until further notice.

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:

*Please be aware that all lifts are currently undergoing essential maintenance and are out of use until further notice.


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Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.


2000 Into the 21st century the Tab hosted a Santana gig, attended by All Saints and Blur members, the Mangrove steel band, Beat Dis jazz collective, Portobello2000 Internet radio station and Portobello Film Festival. Gill FitzHugh was succeeded as Tabernacle director by Karen Woodley.

2003 After the death of Joe Strummer there was a Tab tribute gig featuring the surviving 101’ers.

2004 The Tabernacle hosted the Mas and Mayhem Notting Hill Carnival history exhibition.

2006 The Good, the Bad and the Queen, featuring Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz) and Paul Simonon (of the Clash), rehearsed and made their debut on the premises. After the Tabernacle Trust went into liquidation, the Council carried out a public consultation on the building’s future.

2007 Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz rehearsed their ‘Monkey’ opera. The panto ‘A Twisted Carol’ featured Lilly and Alfie Allen, Miquita Oliver and Jaime Winstone.

2008 The Tab reopened on the 50th anniversary of the Notting Hill race riots with a staging of Vanessa Walters’ Michael X play, starring Clint Dyer as Powis Square’s most notorious resident.

2009 The Tabernacle was officially re-launched by the Carnival Village partnership of the Mangrove and Ebony SteelbandAssociation of British Calypsonians (ABC), and Yaa Asantewaa Arts.

Carnival Village Trust is a unique collaboration between its partners whose objects are to develop the art and business of Carnival. With preparation and performance central to the art form Carnival Village’s vision is to create a greater awareness of Carnival Arts.

Lily Allen reappeared, along with Florence + the Machine and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Take That, Jamie Callum, Ellie Goulding, Finley Quaye, Lee Perry, Kate Walsh, the Trojans, Psychic TV, Aqualung, the ‘A Lad in the Grove’ panto, Brian Eno, Stephen Fry, the Prohibition club, a Michael Jackson day, Toby Young, Speech Debelle, Brett Anderson of Suede, Filthy Dukes, Scouting For Girls, Delphic, Mike Snow, Corrine Bailey-Rae, James Rhodes, James Marsters, Medium Rare Cabaret, Peter Serafinowicz, Stephen Merchant, David Walliams, Kojo, Tim Key, Stewart Lee, Stomp, Viv Westwood, Gawain Douglas, DJ Taylor, Robert Irwin, Dan Cruickshank, Luke Wright, Last Tuesday Society, Bookslam, the Hendricks lectures, London Jazz Festival, Pan Jazz, Carnival Comedy Club, Portobello Film Festival, KT Tunstall, Baaba Maal, Emeli Sande, Razorlight, Snow Patrol, Roll Deep, Rodney P and Phife Dog, Handsome Family, Unthanks, Breakfast Band, Charlie Simpson, Jonathan Richman, World’s Tallest Man, I’m from Barcelona, Marquis Toliver, Willis Earl Beal, Suspiciously Elvis, Alexander D Great, Earl Okin, the Staves, Catatonia, the Tabernacle Folk Festival, Oneness Sankara, the Island Experiment, Remi Kanazi, Mama Africa, WOMATT, UK Unsigned, Jake Emlyn, Tariq, Gary Phelan, Pete Bennett, Everyoung, Bumi Thomas, Blake, LAU, Victor Deme, Lost in Mozart, Classical Composers of African Descent, Strummerville, Humphrey Lyttelton Band, Soul Food, Olaf Arnalds, Blast Beat, ARISE, Behind the Groove, Mangrove and Ebony steel bands, Spirit of Pan, Armenian Opera, Music Academy, Kanda Bongoman, Andreya Trianna, Rumer with Smoke Fairies, Willie Mason, Marina and the Diamonds.

2010 Tab gigs encompassed DBC Pierre, Jeanette Winterson, Liam Frost, Rumer, Kiki Dee, Jerry Dammers, Dreadzone and the Rotten Hill Gang.

2011 Adele appeared at the Tabernacle, as her second album ‘21’ was released by the XL label down Blenheim Crescent. The former home secretary Jacqui Smith discussed pornography and ‘Rev’ Tom Hollander appeared in the panto ‘Robin Hood’.

2012 The Tab was sold out for 15 year old Birdy (Jasmine van den Bogaerde), and Zadie Smith appeared at Book Slam. There was a Joe Strummer tribute night and Mick Jones was in the panto ‘Twisted’ singing ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’.

2013 Tab gigs included Sam Lee, Laura Mvula, Natalie Duncan, James Blunt, attended by Prince Harry, Les Palmer and Russ Henderson Carnival pioneer tributes.

2014 Global Carnival Showcase was held and another former home secretary Alan Johnson appeared.