“The opportunity for me to become an Artistic Director with a chance to get my ideas across came when I was introduced to the Prince Albert Pub, in Notting Hill. It took a few productions for me and the group of actors I had found to find our feet, but the first production, At-Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien was successful enough to encourage further productions.
A number of critics reviewed the production favourably (notably Maeve Binchey in the Irish Times) and there was vibrant local support for the endeavour (John Cleese made the first donation to the Gate- a cheque for £10). I followed up At Swim-Two-Birds with a highly stylised, expressionist production of Ionesco’s The Lesson, where a newly created expressionist character, who narrates Ionesco’s stage directions, stands by and objectively watches the brutal drama unfold.
This instinct to re-think how these plays might be presented was to set the style for many of the Gate’s future productions under my direction.”
Founding Director of the Gate Theatre
Notting Hill, London UK
“Lou Stein has transformed a room above a public house in Notting Hill into a theatre with a remarkable repertoire. In a space not much larger than a cupboard he has adapted and presented novels, and resurrected plays that have been grossly neglected elsewhere in Britain.”
Ned Chaillet The London Times