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.
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.