What you need to know about Roundhouse:
Roundhouse is a famous Camden venue used for music, theatre, circus, comedy and spoken word performances.
In 1846, the unique space was built as a turntable engine shed for the London and Birmingham Railway. Developments to the size of trains meant that the shed quickly became too small for its intended purpose. It was a warehouse for a number of years before becoming an empty space around the time of the Second World War. The building is now Grade II* listed.
Roundhouse first became a performing arts venue in 1966 when Centre 42 Theatre Company took it over. The list of iconic 60s bands to play at the venue is endless, and features The Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin.
Roundhouse prospered throughout the 1970s, staging gigs by the new wave of punk artists. The Ramones, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, The Stranglers, Poly Styrene’s X-Ray Spex and The Damned all took to its stage.
Trouble hit in the 1980s and it closed in 1983. However, in 1996 a local businessman, Torquil Norman, bought the venue. He reopened it as a theatre and performance venue. Following major renovations in 2004, Roundhouse has again become a leading London venue.
Roundhouse is dedicated to working with children and young adults. They work with a large number of 11-25-year-olds each year, providing opportunities for creative career development. Projects are run by registered charity The Roundhouse Trust.
Marcus Davey is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive.
Top facts about Roundhouse:
- There was a time when Roundhouse was a gin distillery.
- Pink Floyd debuted at the opening party in October 1966.
- The start of the 1970s saw controversy (or great publicity, depending on how you look at it) for Roundhouse. Oh! Calcutta, a show featuring full frontal nudity, had traditionalists up in arms.
- In December 2006, George Michael hosted a free concert for nurses at the venue to thank the NHS staff for their care of his mother.
- In recent years, it has hosted the BBC Electric Proms and a number of iTunes festivals. It also stages The Last Word Festival of spoken word poetry each year.
Key information about Roundhouse:
Tube: The closest tube station is Chalk Farm (Northern line), which is less than five-minutes walk from the venue. Alternately, use Camden Town (Northern Line), which is a 10-15 minute walk.
Train: Kentish Town West is on the London Overground and is a 10-15 minute walk to the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers 24, 27, 31, 46, 168 and 393 all travel close to the venue. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
On-site parking is available for visitors with disabilities. Please contact the box office in advance to book a space for your vehicle.
Roundhouse is wheelchair accessible with lifts and ramps fitted in the building. Wheelchair spaces are available in the Main Space and the Sackler Studio.
Accessible toilets are available.
The Main Space and Sackler Studio have a hearing enhancement system. Headsets are available at the venue.
Working dogs are welcome in the building. You can either take them into the auditorium or arrange for a member of staff to look after them during the show.
The box office and MADE bar are fitted with a hearing loop system.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone 020 7424 8477 or email [email protected].
Roundhouse provides one free ticket for a companion accompanying a visitor with disabilities to the venue.
Roundhouse arranges captioned, BSL-interpreted, audio described and also relaxed performances.
Roundhouse has five different bars that are available to both ticket-holders and members of the public. There’s the MADE Bar, Member’s Bar, Circle Bar, Torquil’s Bar and Terrace, and the Main Space Bars. Visitors can also buy small snacks at the bars.