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About us

The Yard is a multi-award winning theatre located in Hackney Wick, Tower Hamlets. Conceived and founded by Artistic Director, Jay Miller in 2011, it was built in a converted warehouse using reclaimed materials from the nearby Olympic Park by a team of 50 volunteers, and has grown from a temporary 'pop-up' space into "the most important theatre in East London" (Time Out).

The Yard is a space to explore new ideas, to nurture new talent and to share new experiences. We create opportunities for new artists to develop their work and provide a cultural offer to the residents of Hackney Wick and Fish Island, with a particular focus on young people aged 5 - 19.

“The Yard is a fantastic new venue. It gives young artists the kind of opportunities that can transform their careers. And it gives its audiences a wonderful night out. It feels like the future.” - Sir Nicholas Hytner

As a result of our success and commitment to our local community over the past six years, in 2016 we were chosen by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to manage Hub67, a community centre that provides a space for local residents to call their own and host a range of activities. As a result of our success, in 2019 we were entrusted by East Village Trust to manage a new community space, The Hall, in neighbouring Stratford.

With your support, we can:

  1. Provide free, weekly, term-time drama-based clubs and workshops to 80 young people aged 5 - 19 through Yard Young Artists

  2. Support over 300 local school children to see award-winning theatre in specially curated field trips for as little as £5 per ticket

  3. Identify and nurture the theatre artists of tomorrow, commissioning them to create plays that tell vital, urgent stories

  4. Turn our Hub67 and The Hall into thriving community centres, reaching over 6,000 local residents through free, arts-based activity all year round

"During the rapid regeneration of East London, The Yard is crucial to creating cohesive a community" Dr Paul Brickell, London Legacy Development Corporation