Camden Theatres

Camden TheatresCamden is renowned for its markets, which draw tourists from around the world. A trendy district popular with young people, Camden is the alternative destination in London. Reflecting its alternative and diverse culture, many of Camden's theatres focus on staging contemporary and fringe productions.

Etcetera Theatre

The Etcetera Theatre sits above The Oxford Arms pub in Camden Town. Founded in 1986, the venue specialises in theatre and comedy. Over the years, more than 2,500 productions have been performed at the Etcetera Theatre. The fringe theatre stages a variety of productions throughout the year, including previews, revivals, magic shows, musicals and readings. The 42-seat Etcetera Theatre is just 150 metres north of the Camden Town tube station on the Northern Line. The intimate venue is also within a 10 minute walk from Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent tube stations

The Etcetera Theatre has seen runs by Russell Brand, Milton Jones, Robin Ince, Simon Amstell, Al Murray, Russell Howard, Bill Bailey, Mark Thomas, and many others. Premieres have included The Six Wives of Timothy Leary and Bill Hicks: Slight Return, which went on to London's West End and a world tour. Award-winning productions have included Adult Child / Dead Child, Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About A Girl He Once Loves, The Bubonic Play, and Porcelain.

Camden People's Theatre

Established in 1994, the Camden People's Theatre has served as a launching pad for a number of contemporary theatre artists. Fevered Sleep, the Pacitti Company, Shunt, Made In China, Scottee, Ridiculusmus and Analogue have all seen there theatre careers begin with performances at the Camden People's Theatre. Since 1997, the theatre has also staged the annual Spring Festival.The festival is one of London's largest fringe theatre events and showcases the best in unusual theatre.

A splinter of the former Unity Theatre, Camden People's Theatre is situated on the corner of Hampstead Road and Drummond Street. The 60-seat black-box studio theatre often stages innovative pieces, often attracting younger audiences. It is within a two minute walk from Warren Street, Euston Square and Euston tube stations, which are all found south of the theatre.

Roundhouse

The Roundhouse is housed in a former railway repair shed dating back to 1847. The performing arts venue is a driver for bold and creative innovation in theatre. The venue emerged as an arts and culture centre in the 1960s when it was launched as Centre 42. The first theatre performance was Peter Brook's Themes on the Tempest in 1968. Centre 42 also came to be used by some of the period's leading musicians, including The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Sex Pistols, Fleetwood Mac and The Doors. Centre 42 closed in 1983 after two decades of staging experimental theatre and live music.

After operating as a periodic theatre venue from 1996 to 2004, the Roundhouse reopened following extensive renovations with a production of Fuerzabruta in 2006. Since reopening, the Roundhouse has hosted several iconic events such as the BBC Electric Proms, the iTunes Festival, and live performances by international artists including Gorillaz and Jay-Z. The venue is also used for commissioned visual arts installations, including distinctive works by David Byrne, Ron Arad and Conrad Shawcross. The theatre also supports thousands of young people through a creative music, media and performing arts programme. The venue seats 3,300 standing and 1,700 seated. The nearest tube station is Chalk Farm on the Northern Line, which is a two minute walk to the north-west along Chalk Farm Road. Camden Town to the south-east is also just a ten minute walk away.