A legendary venue
The Roundhouse is a historic steam engine repair building that became a legendary venue in the 1960s and 70s. This is where punk and glam rock started, where The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd made their names and The Doors played their only UK gig. It hosted the most spectacular and controversial theatrical performances of its day including works by Peter Brook and the Living Theatre from New York.
Arts for everyone
The Roundhouse has always encouraged the idea of ‘arts for everyone’; young people and others have participated in all forms of creative work there. Unfortunately the building closed in 1983 and remained empty for many years, waiting for the next stage in its extraordinary career. In 1998 the Roundhouse Trust was set up to lead its redevelopment.
A dynamic Performance Space
The Roundhouse Trust will rejuvenate this extraordinary building and restore it back to the centre of London’s cultural life. The redeveloped Roundhouse will house up to 3300 people standing or up to 1700 seated. It will provide a highly flexible and adaptable performance space that will give artists and audiences opportunities and experiences they cannot find elsewhere. And it will accommodate a programme of work that reflects the excitement and diversity of 21st century culture. It will include a wide range of the performing arts including music, theatre, dance, circus and digital media.
Young people at its heart
At the heart of the Roundhouse will be a unique Creative Centre for young people – especially those who normally have little or no access to arts education – with state-of-the-art facilities for music, TV, radio, new media, design and performance production. Up to 10,000 young people a year will have the opportunity to explore their creative talents in every aspect of the arts and develop interests, skills and career opportunities.
A model of Creative Education
The Roundhouse Performance Space, combined with the energy and artistic output of the Creative Centre, will create an inspiring and innovative model. The Roundhouse will be a driving force in releasing a huge reservoir of untapped creativity and will become a national template for artistic provision.
The Roundhouse is already dedicated to giving young people access to exploring their creativity and learning new skills through the current out-reach creative education programme, called Creative Projects. This is helping to build a new user group who will contribute to the development of the Creative Centre programmes.
Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8EH
Tel: 020 7424 9991