What You Need To Know About The Place:
The Place is one of London’s leading venues for learning, creating and performing contemporary dance. The venue is home to the London Contemporary Dance School and the Richard Alston Dance Company. The building is used for a variety of classes, courses and workshops, plus evening performances from resident and visiting companies. Go here if you want to see some of the best in experimental and ground-breaking contemporary dance, plus occasional other theatrical events including immersive installation pieces.
The main theatre space seats 280 in raked seating and shows around 200 performances per year. In 2001 it was renamed after the founder of The Place, Robin Howard. Two of the venue’s studio spaces are also used for small-scale performances.
The Place opened in 1969 and became the home of what was then known as the Contemporary Ballet Trust. In the early years the venue was used for experimental work in dance, drama and music. Over time, The Place gradually evolved to focus solely on dance.
Top Facts About The Place:
- The Place curates and produces the annual Resolution festival, the UK’s biggest festival for emerging artists working in dance.
- The Place offers young people opportunities to create, watch and do dance through workshops, classes, projects with schools, a youth focus group and pre-vocational training.
- The building started out as the home of the Middlesex Artists’ Rifle Volunteers. If you look at the outside of the building, you can still spot carvings of the Roman gods of war and wisdom, chosen to represent the coming together of war and the arts.
Key Information About The Place:
Tube: The closest tube station is Euston (Victoria Line, Northern Line, London Overground and National Rail services), which is a five-minute walk to the venue. Alternatively, use King’s Cross St Pancras (Victoria Line, Northern Line (Bank branch), Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines), which is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the venue.
Train: The closest train stations are Kings Cross St Pancras or Euston, which are approximately 5 to 10 minutes’ walk to the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers 10, 205, 30, 390, 476, 59, 73, 168, 59, 68, 91, N73 and N91 all travel close to the venue. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
The nearest car parks can be found at Euston Station and King’s Cross St Pancras Station. There is also limited on-street parking in the roads around The Place (free after 6:30pm on weekdays).
Spaces for blue badge holders can be found by the entrances on Duke Road and Flaxman Terrace.
The Place is wheelchair accessible and fitted with lifts. There are wheelchair spaces in both the main theatre and studios 1 & 2.
You are welcome to leave a mobility scooter in the box office for the duration of the performance.
Accessible toilets are available.
Working dogs are welcome. They can either come into the auditorium or (if they’re not dance fans) be looked after by a friendly member of staff. Please arrange either option in advance.
The main theatre is fitted with a Sennheiser induction loop hearing system. You can pre-book headsets to use this with through the box office.
Studios 1 & 2 are also fitted with an induction loop system.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on: 020 7121 1100.
The Place Café is open throughout the day serving a range of home-cooked meals, including sandwiches and a self-service salad bar. They also have a fully stocked bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks, plus teas and coffees.
Free WiFi is available in the café.