The Red Hedgehog is an independently-run small concert and theatre space situated diagonally opposite Highgate Tube.
Since opening, on 7 October, 2006, The Red Hedgehog has presented mainly classical concerts and fringe theatre, as well as comedy, variety nights and musical comedy. Outside organisers have brought a range of social events to the venue, including salsa and jive, speed dating, writing workshops and bric-a-brac markets. Exhibitions of paintings and photographs have also been hung at The Red Hedgehog.
The venue is a popular choice for adult and children’s parties and children’s classes.
The Red Hedgehog takes its name and inspiration from the famous 19th century coffee house in Vienna, Zum Roten Igel, the regular haunt of many composers of the period.
Celebrated regulars included Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and particularly Brahms (who stubbornly refused to eat or drink anywhere else.)
The Red Hedgehog (Vienna) evokes food, drink, conviviality and lively conversation between musicians, artists and friends. The Red Hedgehog (Highgate) adds a fine grand piano and the thrill of top-class live chamber music-making in a setting which provides an especially close rapport between performers and audience.