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26 September 2012

Shoreditch Town Hall relaunches as arts venue

THE rebirth of Shoreditch Town Hall as a 21st century arts space begins with the launch of its first regular, ticketed programme of performances since its days as a 19th century music hall.

A 138-seater mini auditorium has been installed inside the EC1 venue’s assembly hall for the Roundabout season, produced by Sheffield Theatres and Paines Plough, in collaboration with the National Theatre.

This new pop-up theatre in the round will stage three plays by up-and-coming young playwrights, all performed by an ensemble cast of four actors.  

One Day When We’re Young by Nick Payne follows a romance between a couple who first meet during the Second World War and are reunited in later life; Lungs by Duncan Macmillan focuses on a couple who worry about bringing a child into the world during an age of environmental crisis; and The Sound of Heavy Rain by Penelope Skinner is a film noir style pastiche about a private detective investigating the disappearance of a Soho cabaret singer. Each piece lasts around 75 minutes.  

Nick Giles, Shoreditch Town Hall director, said: “I have tried to look for pieces that could showcase or make the most of, in different ways, the range and character of our spaces. The Roundabout was a gift in this sense, offering something really special for audiences - artistically and physically.” 

Other future plans for the 146-year old building include creating a new eatery by chefs and pop-up restaurateurs Young Turks, a 90-seater studio theatre and bar. 

The Roundabout season runs until 27 October at Shoreditch Town Hall. For more info, visit: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/series/paines-plough-roundabout-season

Roundabout showcases work from three new writers

Roundabout showcases work from three new writers

Roundabout showcases work from three new writers Lungs by Duncan Macmillan at Shoreditch Town Hall


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