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From modest Victorian beginnings – as a steam engine repair shed – to legendary cultural venue, the Roundhouse has an enviable heritage few are able to match. Since playwright Arnold Wesker established Centre 42 at the Roundhouse in 1964 -the first time the building was used as an arts venue – it has played host to many seminal performances. On 1st June 2006, this Grade II listed north London landmark reopened following extensive refurbishment. This pivotal date in the Roundhouse’s history was marked by an explosive new show, Fuerzabruta. It was the culmination of more than a decade’s hard work, led by philanthropist Sir Torquil Norman.

The transformation was nothing short of remarkable. Architects John McAslan + Partners retained and restored many of the original features while, at the same time, creating a modern facility capable of accommodating and developing a long term international artistic programme. The Main Space, with a stunning glass lantern centrepiece (allowing natural light in for the first time since the 1860s), can house 1,800 people seated or 3,300 standing, allowing large-scale productions. Recent highlights include the annual BBC Electric Proms season, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Histories and Lucha Libre London.

The artistic plans include circus, music festivals, large scale theatre, multi-media festivals, installations, talks and screenings but it is the organisation’s focus on young people that makes it a leader. The Roundhouse places young people at its heart, involving them at every level, from membership of the Board of Directors to generating marketing campaigns.

It is the interaction between the artists on stage and the young people that makes the Roundhouse unique. Young people have interviewed Sir Paul McCartney for the Roundhouse’s online radio station during the BBC Electric Proms, taken musical advice from James Brown and worked with Apple to deliver a live stream of Underworld’s Roundhouse performances to 50,000 people across the world. In this safe environment young people can develop self-esteem and confidence or gain valuable experience to help launch a career.

Since reopening, almost half a million people have attended an event at the Roundhouse. Its enviable musical heritage – the Roundhouse has previously played host to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Doors (their only UK gig) – has been revived, with performances from Kasabian, Jarvis Cocker, Paul McCartney, The Chemical Brothers, The Beastie Boys, The Who, Morrissey and James Brown.

The Roundhouse is a pioneer of contemporary culture and has continually pushed boundaries. Today the Roundhouse offers diversity in music, theatre, dance and circus, in addition to nurturing young creative talent.

FAQ

Q. What Is the Roundhouse?

A. The Roundhouse is the largest performing arts centre in North London, excluding Alexandra Palace and Wembley — which are arena spaces.

 

Q. What was the original building used for?

A. Originally it was a steam engine turning shed. To find out more about the building visit the History section.

 

Q. How many people does the Roundhouse hold?

A. 3,000 standing, 1,800 seated in the Main Space. 120 seated in the Studio Theatre.

Artistic Programme

 

Q. What kind of shows can I see at the Roundhouse?

A. The programme of performances will include a wide range of the international performing arts including music, theatre, dance, circus and digital media to reflect the excitement and diversity of 21st century culture.

 

Q. Will theatre performances always be in the round?

A. No, the performance space is fully adaptable and accessible. It will have a capacity of up to 1,800 seated or 3,000 standing, and a variety of configurations both intimate and large-scale, including end-on, thrust and in-the-round.

 

Q. Who goes to the Roundhouse?

A. Because of the variety of events, the Roundhouse will attract a diverse range of audiences from all ages and backgrounds. We expect to welcome 500,000 visitors to the Roundhouse each year.

 

Q. What does ‘Doors 7pm’ mean?

A. For some concerts, rock and pop in particular, we are only given a 'doors open' time by the promoter. This indicates when you can start arriving for the concert. It does not refer to the start time of the event. Often this information is only available on the day of the concert. If you do wish to know when the support and main act are performing please contact the Box Office on 0844 482 8008.

 

Q. What are the performance timings?

A. If you need to know the approximate end time for your performance, please call after 2pm on the day of the show. We often only know the running order of the performances once the performers have arrived at the venue to set up.

 

Q. Can I get a refund or exchange if I can't make it to the performance?

A. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded, unless in the event of a cancelled show. Please see the Terms & Conditions on the back of your ticket.

 

Q. I want to pick up my tickets from the Box Office, where do I go?

A. The Box Office is clearly signed, and directly opposite the main entrance doors. Customers are asked to bring the credit/debit card to the box office as means of identification. Customers wanting to collect on behalf of the booker will need proof in writing from the credit card holder.

 

Q. Who is eligible for concessions?

Many of the events at The Roundhouse are put on by independent promoters. They set the prices and decide whether or not to offer concessions. When concessions are available, they are available to Access bookers, under 16s, over 60s, full time students, those on Job Seekers allowance and Roundhouse Studios members. Proof of eligibility will be requested at the time of booking.

 

Q. How can I be sure of a clear view?

A.If you contact us directly on 0844 482 8008, we can give you advice on seats that might have a limited view, or seats that are difficult to access. The Roundhouse is an old building, and some of the original features can occassionally slightly restrict views. The Roundhouse cannot guarantee you will be given appropriate information on the view from your seat if you book via a ticket agent.

 

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