Mandy Actors UK

Battersea Arts Centre

  • About
    Battersea Arts Centre was originally the Town Hall of then Vestry of St. Mary in 1893, when the arrival of the railways led to a great increase in the population of what had been the small riverside village of Battersea. It was built in less than two years, at a cost of £42,000, and designed by Edward Mountford, the architect for the Old Bailey. Built in “Modern Renaissance” style, it has red Suffolk brick and Bath stone elevations, green Westmoreland slate roofs and interiors of Portland stone, white Sicilian and red Devonshire marble and mosaic floors.
    The Grand and Lower Halls were always used for entertainment and education. The Grand Hall, whose lobby carries the motto of the original Council, “Not for me, Not for You, but for Us”, was often hired for political meetings. Battersea was a politically active area; the Hall was used as the local headquarters during the General Strike of 1926, and on several occasions was the site of the Communist Party National Congress.

    The Grand Hall took over the role of the Shakespeare Theatre, which had been bombed during the War. Apart from general music hall entertainment, dances were held – two shillings and sixpence to enter – Glen Miller leading the band on occasion. (It is said that many local people met their sweethearts at a dance in the Grand Hall, later holding their wedding receptions in the same place!)

    It was one of the few places where Ska music was played, for the Caribbean community in Battersea. There were also classical concerts, sometimes using the organ in the Grand Hall. The first silent movies were shown here and the projection box, though unused for 20 years, until recently when it went back into use for the 32 hour marathon showing of Twin Peaks, for its 20th anniversary.
  • Built in
  • Capacity
  • Address
    Lavender Hill
    SW11 5TN
  • Booking Contact
    020 7223 6557
  • Website

Members of Mandy who have worked for Battersea Arts Centre

  • Lauren McGarvey
    Lauren McGarvey · Speaker
    • Actors UK
    • You Must Learn To Understand
    • Splinter
  • Luke Lampard
    Luke Lampard · Ex
    • Actors UK
    • The Drill
    • Breach Theatre
  • Davinia Hamilton
    Davinia Hamilton · Marie
    • Actors UK
    • TEN
    • The Performance Lab
  • Severine Simone Fletcher
    Severine Simone Fletcher · Physical Theatre Performer- Squirrel
    • Actors UK
    • Take Everything
    • Be Wilder Theatre Company
  • Miranda Shamiso
    Miranda Shamiso · Squirrel (Ensemble)
    • Actors UK
    • Be•Wilder Theatre Company
  • Tom Penn
    Tom Penn · Bear
    • Actors UK
    • Snow White & Rose Red
    • RashDash
  • Jake Ayris
    Jake Ayris · LX Operator
    • Theatre Professionals UK
    • Snow White & Rose Red
    • Rash Dash
  • Paul McNeilly
    Paul McNeilly · Jonathan
    • Actors UK
    • Ritual
    • Blitz Theatre
  • Zoe Bouras
    Zoe Bouras · Solo performer
    • Actors UK
    • Landed
    • Zoe Bouras/Home Live Art/Battersea Arts Centre
  • Angela Garrick
    Angela Garrick · Production Stage Manager
    • Theatre Professionals UK
    • Homegrown Festival
    • BAC
  • Laura Hammond
    Laura Hammond · TSM
    • Theatre Professionals UK
    • Doppeldanger
    • SheGoat
  • Paul Thomas
    Paul Thomas · Network Technician
  • Kit Redstone
    Kit Redstone · Green
    • Actors UK
    • Absence
    • Vacuum Theatre
  • King Tshikeva
    King Tshikeva · Actor in a drama class
  • Zoe Bouras
    Zoe Bouras · Narrator/Co-deviser
    • Actors UK
    • A House Repeated
    • Seth Kriebel/Battersea Arts Centre
  • Sarah J Warren
    Sarah J Warren · Signer Clown
    • Actors UK
    • WHY?
    • DH Ensemble
  • Jake Ayris
    Jake Ayris · LX Operator
  • Joe Alex
    Joe Alex · Ensemble Cast
    • Actors UK
    • Votes
    • Battersea Arts Centre Homegrown
  • Rebecca Hitchcox
    Rebecca Hitchcox · Assistant Stage Manager
    • Theatre Professionals UK
    • Ugly Chief
    • Victoria Melody Ltd
  • Kristy Bowers
    Kristy Bowers · Company Stage Manager
    • Theatre Professionals UK
    • The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter
    • Little Bulb Theatre in co-production with Bristol Old Vic and Farnham Maltings