This former Victorian steam engine shed has been transformed into an attractive and intimate venue that hosts a dynamic programme of live theatre, music, dance, comedy and circus. The Roundhouse sets out, above all, to reach out to teenagers and young adults, particularly with its range of fantastic workshops, courses and other projects.
After falling into disrepair in the 1980s, the venue closed its doors for thirteen years. However, following a £30-million redevelopment, it now makes a highly accessible place to catch both household names and emerging talent, from the likes of Elton John and the Royal Shakespeare Company to the eclectic performance troupe La Soirée. Perhaps more exciting for young people, however, is the year-round roster of creative courses for 11- to 25-year-olds, such as film production, game design, radio production, song writing, band development and street circus skills, all at affordable prices. In addition, a low-cost membership deal for 13- to 25-year-olds allows members to rent recording studios, production suites and rehearsal rooms at low rates.
Accessibility is excellent. There are seven Blue Badge spaces (best reserved in advance) in the on-site car park, from where a ramp leads directly into Level 1 of the building. Alternatively, the main entrance on Chalk Farm Road offers level access through power-assisted doors into Level 0, where the reception desk, box office and cloakroom have low counters. You’ll find accessible toilets opposite the lift (too small for powered scooters) on all three levels of the building. There are dedicated wheelchair spaces in both the Studio and Main Space, with the best views being from the Circle slots – so much so that you may face competition from press photographers. The balcony handrail has been lowered to offer a better view. In addition, there’s an infrared-assisted hearing system in both theatre spaces (headsets loaned for free) and an induction loop at the box office. Braille/tactile signs have been installed throughout the venue. There are also two wheelchairs available for use. Assistance dogs are welcome, and water can be provided for them. Captioned and audio-described events often take place – check individual event pages on the website for details.
Food & drink: The adjoining Made Bar & Kitchen (020 7424 8495, www.madeincamden.com) offers a stylish, accessible setting and an appetising and adventurous menu (main courses £12–16), while Torquil’s Bar and Terrace is also accessible to wheelchair uses.