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The Roundhouse is a Grade II listed former railway engine shed in Chalk Farm, London, England, which has been converted into a performing arts and concert venue. It has been associated with Centre 42 which was set up to help provide arts for all. The theatre is well known for its cutting edge performances and productions.

It was originally built in 1847 as a roundhouse (from which the venue takes its name), a circular building containing a railway turntable, for the London and Birmingham Railway. Within ten years locomotives became too large for the building to accommodate and The Roundhouse was used for a multitude of purposes.

In 1966 the Roundhouse became a well known arts venue, after the freehold was taken up by the then new Greater London Council.  Some of the most memorable theatrical performances in the '60s and '70s were staged here. Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Peter Brook and The Living Theatre of New York all performed at the Roundhouse during this period.

In 1983 and it was closed as a venue due to lack of funds. The building lay empty until it was purchased in 1996 by the Norman Trust. De La Guarda, Stomp, the Michael Clark Dance Company, Ballet Boyz, Michael Moore, and the RSC all performed at the Roundhouse during this period.

After a period of closure for redevelopment the Roundhouse opened in June 2006 with the Broadway show Fuerzabruta. Since 2006 The Roundhouse has hosted the BBC Electric Proms, also award ceremonies such as the BT Digital Music Awards and the Vodafone Live Music Awards.

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Contact details for the Roundhouse tel:  +44 844 482 8008, fax: +44 20 7424 9992.

Tickets can be booked online, by phone or in person at the box office Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 6.00pm, Saturdays: 9.00am – 4.00pm. Box Office tel: 0844 482 8008, fax: 020 7424 9992, email: [email protected].

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