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Date Opened 1846
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Venue Address Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8EH

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This magnificent Grade II* listed building, was originally built in 1846 as an engine shed and is recognised as an outstanding example of mid-19th century architecture, particularly its innovative use of cast and wrought iron to support the slate roof. Its elegant and robust detailing and internal size are all historically significant.

Its use as a steam engine repair shed didn't last long due to rapid technology advances and soon the Roundhouse was being used as a bonded warehouse by Gilbeys Gin. Then in 1964 playwright Arnold Wesker established Centre 42 at the Roundhouse, named after the trade union movement Article 42 stating that arts should be for everyone. This provided the stage for a legendary, cutting edge performing arts venue. Some of the most memorable theatrical performances in the 1960s and 1970s were staged here. Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Peter Brook and The Living Theatre of New York all performed at the Roundhouse during this period. For more on past performances at the Roundhouse visit the timeline.

It closed in 1983 due to lack of funds and until the mid 1990s a number of proposals to revitalise the building failed. In 1996 The Norman Trust, led by Torquil Norman, a local businessman, bought the Roundhouse and set up the Roundhouse Trust to bring this glorious building back to life and to build a brand new creative centre for young people, the Roundhouse Studios.

In 2004 the Roundhouse closed for a 29.7m redevelopment and reopened on June 1, 2006.

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