We can connect you with a stage that offers a unique central location, close to fantastic amenities such as hotels, restaurants and transport links to the rest of London and further afield, maximizing convenience and making the experience as hassle-free as possible. The beauty and generous space make theatres attractive for other events as well, including conferences, live music performances, press events and many others.
Based in an iconic building with a rich history, Battersea Arts Centre is a unique venue with a number of flexible spaces for events of all sizes. With an eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair, the venue provides everything you need to make your event last long in the memory. Battersea Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of events; from weddings, award ceremonies, parties, location filming and conferences. Capacities of largest rooms in the venue (multiple spaces available): Grand Hall: Event Seating: 600 Cabaret: 500 Dining: 350 Standing: 800 Council Chamber: Event Seating: 160 Cabaret: 150 Dining: 120 Standing: 200 Boardroom: 40
AMP Studios are situated on the Old Kent Road in 2 railway arches with a spacious courtyard and pavilion. They are an ideal location for many types of events, from private parties, wedding receptions, product launches, exhibitions, rehearsals, community groups, exercise classes and theatre. The covered courtyard area is perfect for alfresco dining and drinks receptions and is great even in wet weather! There is a large loading bay on site so vehicles can drive directly in to unload, and vehicles can even drive inside the arch if required. The courtyard space is ideal for accommodating street food vans or outside games, and there is also a back courtyard for caterers to set up if you prefer. We have lots of tables and chairs on site which are available to use for your events, and similarly these can be stored in the back courtyard if you need the space clear. A perfect versatile venue for a range of events!
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
Conway Hall opened in 1929 and named in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway, anti-slavery advocate, outspoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. The venue is Grade 2 listed and offers hirers various event spaces, especially the Main Hall with its highly-regarded acoustics. The venue is unique for providing a central London location and a building with character, steeped in history, combined with cutting-edge AV facilities. Owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society, a charity, the building is famous for being the birthplace of humanism, as well as hosting the longest run of classical concerts in the UK (which started in 1880 at the Society’s previous site), jazz concerts in the 1930s, a rare UK appearance from Muddy Waters and gigs by Crass and The Cure in 1970s, as well as many other concerts, including James Blake and La Roux, and events of all kinds since. Today, Conway Hall is a popular, accessible, venue for location filming, conferences, presentations, concerts, talks, fashion shows, weddings, awards ceremonies and brand activations. Previous clients include: BBC • Yamaha • Netflix • Evening Standard • Snowline Media • Ted Baker Penguin Books • Bloomsbury Festival • Guardian Live • Tate • EMAP
**Please note, our capacities will be temporarily reduced due to Social Distancing Measures enforced by the Government in line with the COVID-19 Pandemic** The Stage day rate: £108 Per Hour+ VAT/evening rate: £156 Per Hour+ VAT Cinema Hire Starting Price: £120 Per Hour + VAT An alternative to the traditional with cutting-edge facilities, mouth-watering menus and bespoke theming. 3 boutique cinemas 3 blank canvas venue spaces Mezzanine gallery Lower cafe gallery Boardroom A five-storey Shoreditch landmark, Rich Mix are able to tailor their spaces for anything. Corporate events, conferences and private dinner parties. Photo shoots, fashion shows and book launches. Weddings, Ceremonies, Christmas parties and Summer Balls. Their creative events team can make it happen. And brilliantly, all profits contribute directly to their work as an arts charity.
The Orangery is well known as a hidden gem in one of London’s most beautiful settings. A glass and stone palace built for Lord & Lady Holland’s soirees, it provides a blank canvas space that is both elegant and charming. The Orangery comfortably caters for 80 seated guests and a marquee may be added on the lawn to accommodate larger parties. This is a really unique wedding venue set in one of London’s prettiest parks just a short walk from High Street Kensington. The venue is licenced for wedding ceremonies as well as hosting wedding receptions.
Ideally located just a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, Spitalfields Conservatory offers a unique space for a lasting impression and a key talking point for any event. Tiered seating looks onto a focal video wall alongside ample floor space. The transparent ceiling coupled with vast glass windows allow for an abundance of natural light. Perfect for presentations, drinks receptions, away days and more, the Fora events team will be happy to discuss your ideas and requirements. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
With an interior lovingly crafted by set designer Dick Bird (Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet) Omeara Live is a truly magical discovery nestled beneath a railway arch just minutes away from London Bridge Station. As a Live Music venue the space is 320 capacity and boasts a high spec PA and lighting rig. For a standing drinks reception/party capacity is 250 and theater style presentation/screening up to 90 capacity. The space has an impressive late license and an array street food vendors on site who can supply amazing events catering. Additional spaces can be added to Omeara for larger capacity events including Omeara Cantina Terrace & Mezzanine (100 capacity), an adjoining stand alone private event space, The Siding (150 capacity) or Omeara Cantina including the terrace (250 capacity).
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for a variety of events. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is ideal for weddings, charity galas, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets, exams, private parties, concerts and much more. The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd; broadcasts such as Beyoncé‘s ‘Black Is King’ and Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’; as well as countless legendary parties. The Small Hall, Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room are all ideal for smaller events, or as extensions and ancillaries to the Main Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. For flexibility, we also offer a dry-hire option, along with corkage and cash bars. Suppliers We have a network of fantastic recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, entertainers, florists and AV, however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if preferred.
Our Underglobe space is situated directly beneath the Globe Theatre – right in the belly of the beast. By day it houses Globe’s Shakespeare exhibition, but at night it comes alive as one of London’s exclusive hidden events spaces. With a sweeping staircase, private mezzanine and secret river-side entrance we can happily host up to 350 guests seated and 450 standing for exclusive Gala dinners, award ceremonies or decadent wedding parties. Complete with a full-sized model oak tree and full sound, lighting and projection systems, the Underglobe has everything your event needs to go off with a bang. Our Underglobe becomes an even more magical space during Christmas, with a new theme every year, this 2020 our guests are immersed in a secret underground forest lay covered in snow. Welcome to a magical evening of feasts, fairy tales and enchantments! With lunchtime packages starting from £75+VAT per person, and evenings from £110+VAT, our festive packages include everything you need for your party. Please note that the Underglobe is only available for evening events.
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Tara Theatre is an awarding-winning gem available for venue hire in London. Just 10 minutes by Rail from Waterloo. Step through the Indian front door of our Edwardian terrace into a world of elegant fusion, providing a unique setting for any event. Theatre – plush seats, soaring ceilings and exposed brickwork combined with state-of-the-art technical facilities, perfect for private parties, launch events, conferences, weddings and receptions. Studio – an abundance of natural light and smooth oakwood floors, ideal for meetings, workshops, rehearsals, seminars and more. Foyer & Patio-Garden –a charming haven for parties and events with a café/bar.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ditch dry hire rate starts at £550+VAT per hour/ £5,000+VAT per day The Ditch is the untouched basement of the original Grade II listed building. Over a dozen interconnecting rooms with original features, exposed brickwork and pipes, fireplaces and stoves provide a unique and intimate setting for events. Although it has an abandoned aesthetic, The Ditch has full production capabilities and remains as flexible and responsive as the rest of the building. It can be transformed to create an immersive setting for memorable product launches, creative fundraising events, unique receptions, conference breakout spaces and even dining.
The Lighthouse is one of London’s newly refurbished venues, situated at the heart of Camberwell on Camberwell Road. First opened as The Regal Cinemas in 1940, changed to the ABC Cinemas in 1961 then later bought and managed by Gala Bingo, the venue has played host to a number of events and shows such as “Billy the Kid” and “Wicked, Wicked”. Following on from its recent refurbishment by its new owners, the Grade II Listed Building now boasts of a splendid and classy, yet modern Art Deco, which is suitable for the use of most events and even community functions. This venue is one that has started creating a huge buzz in London’s Venues sector, with modern and state of art facilities to host a huge array of events, shows and functions.
We can take bookings from April 2021Our state-of-the-art new home in London City Island opens up multiple opportunities for creation, collaboration, commercial activity and engagement. With four large rehearsal studios, our full height fly-tower Production Studio, social spaces and meeting rooms, English National Ballet has a home to be proud of and to grow in. Our home is the cultural anchor in London’s newest neighbourhood, London City Island. A space where we can share practice, generate ideas and create extraordinary experiences for our audiences and partners. We have excellent transport links, served by the Jubilee and DLR lines at Canning Town – 20 minutes from central London and only five minutes from Stratford, where the new Sadler’s Wells, V&A and London College of Fashion are opening. Once Crossrail opens in late 2019 there will be another fast link to Canary Wharf and Stratford. Our new home has been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects. At 93,000 square feet, it is four times the size of our previous buildings. These world class facilities will not only fulfil our needs now, but for generations to come, inspiring and developing the dancers, choreographers, costume-makers, musicians, participants and audiences of the future. The Production Studio Capacity: 500 standing 500 theatre 350 dining 250 cabaret The Production Studio is a blank canvas and can be a productive technical theatre space, an engaging conference or training space, and can transform into a magical hospitality space. With a full height fly tower and a stage space to match London's largest theatres, the Production studio offers a technical space in which to rehearse and produce performances. It is incredibly versatile and can also be used as a dining space, presentation and training venue and for showcasing brands and organisations. The Rehearsal Studios Capacity: 200 standing 100 seated We have four large rehearsal studios, 15 x 15 x 5.5m in size, acoustically treated and featuring state of the art harlequin flooring. Our studios are not only world-class rehearsal spaces but also make the perfect space for a variety of events. Highly suitable for workshops, training sessions, a drinks reception, castings, film and photography and a whole range of other hospitality events. Our studios feature dance mirrors and ballet barres on 3-4 walls (which can be covered if requested) speakers, a 55" screen, a piano which is included within the hire, and lots of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows. The Mezzanine Capacity: 175 standing 100 classroom 75 seated 70 cabaret The Mezzanine is a bright, welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. The iconic floor to ceiling shuttered windows gives the area lots of natural light throughout the day whilst also remaining a private space. It is highly suitable for workshops, training sessions and can be used together with the Bickle room to bring the capacity up to 200 standing. This Mezzanine also makes a wonderful setting for a drinks reception and is a highly versatile space for a range of hospitality events. The Bickle Room Capacity: 60 standing 30 seated The Bickle Room is a welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. This room makes a great breakout space when hired together with the Mezzanine but can also be used on its own for workshops, training sessions and meetings.
A beautifully distressed chapel, Asylum is a grade II listed building built in 1826, bombed in WWII. The present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theater, weddings and funerals. A unique venue in South East London for weddings, corporate events, press shows and private dinner parties.
Interactive and immersive theatre is on the rise, where the audience plays an active part in the play and changes how the story unfolds. It’s a new way of bringing the arts to more people and allows them to get much more involved than at a traditional theatre. But how exactly do you go about producing this type of play? And how do you make sure that it’s successful? We have some top tips on how to get your audience engaged so that they leave having been a part of something truly memorable:
Remember That It’s All About the Audience
In interactive theatre more than in any other, the audience calls all the shots. They are the most important part of the play as they will actually be playing their own roles within it. If you don’t have a play that is giving the audience this but instead taking it the power away from at times, this will leave audiences confused. They won’t know what is going on and with no one to guide them down the right path in the play, you are going to be left with customers who are frustrated and annoyed. If the audience needs help to become immersed, then you need to be able to give it.
No two plays are ever the same in immersive theatre, because the cast is always changing. While you are giving your audience a certain amount of power, it can be easy to want to narrow this down so that they only have a certain number of options to go with, like picking a second path in a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’. While this can be done, it can also make the experience feel restrictive. You are looking for something that’s more organic, so the audience can really make their decisions and the actors take their cues from it.
Use Your Venue
No matter what venue you are in, it can be used to your advantage when it comes to immersive theatre. Look at the different quirks that it has and make those into a part of your play. Each venue has a unique feel to it, so you’ll have to choose carefully before deciding. You don’t want to have an idea in your head that ends up not working because you didn’t consider the venue carefully enough. There are a number of theatres for hire in London, and any one of these traditional venues can be absolutely transformed to accommodate an immersive theatre experience.
Think About Ratio
How any actors do you need to complete your vision? And how many audience members can you accommodate at any one time? Getting this ratio just right is crucial in producing interactive theatre that works. Generally speaking, the more actors there are the better, and unless your play is specifically designed to host a large audience all at once, having more actors that audience can sometimes be a good thing. In a murder mystery type interactive theatre, the audience is sometimes in groups, going around different scenes and trying to find clues.
Trust Your Actors
In interactive theatre, anything can happen, so it’s important that you don’t enclose your actors with set lines or scenes that they have to follow no matter what. The best type of immersive experience is the one that naturally leads you through it to the conclusion, and in order to do that, the actors need the freedom to be able to improvise. Every audience will be different. Some will need encouragement to speak up, and others encouragement to listen. Choosing a cast that has experience in this type of theatre and can handle any type of audience is crucial, and you need to trust them to be able to do it.
Check Your Tech
Your lighting and sound are still just as important in immersive theatre, so you need to make sure that you have the capacity to do all the things that you want to. It can be hard to rig up lighting in different parts of a venue, which is why pre-production is such a crucial stage in any play. Talking with your actors and getting their input on what will work for them will help your tech work in the way that’s simplest for everyone involved, while still providing the experience that you want your audience to be able to enjoy.
Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse
With this type of theatre, you never really know what’s going to happen with each new audience, and every night it will be different. This makes your rehearsal time even more precious. Get test audiences in to try it out and give feedback before opening to the public. This will help you to smooth out any kinks that you didn’t even know were there. The more rehearsal time that you can squeeze in, the better the experience will be for everyone. Remember, because your audience is so close to you, they’re much more likely to notice – and comment on – anything that doesn’t quite fit.
Let’s be honest, it’s rare that an opening night of any play goes exactly to plan, and there will always be a certain amount of hiccups along the way. It’s natural to be nervous when you’ve put so much time and energy into producing something, but the best way to make your interactive theatre event a success is to just relax and enjoy it.
There are still many people out there who have never even heard of interactive theatre let alone been a part of it, which is why it’s such a great way to get a new type of audience involved in the arts. If you think carefully about the play that you are producing, and always keep the audience to the forefront of your mind, then you’re sure to be successful.