Arts Laboratory

Definition

Theater

  • An experimental London theater opened in 1968 in Drury Laneby the American Jim Haynes, who later remarked, "My artisticpolicy was to try to never say the word no." It was used bysuch radical fringe theater companies as the Pip Simmons Theatre Groupand the People Show (who as part of their first production there lockedthe audience in cages). The staging area was a curtained off sectionof a long room. The building also contained a basement cinema, inwhich the audience sat or lay on the foam-rubber floor (describedas the biggest bed in London). The Laboratory's association with studentrebellion and the drug culture led to its being refused Arts Councilassistance; it closed the following year.
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