Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, London

Dates: 2014-16

Established in July 2014, in the shell of the ex-Guardian Newspaper offices, this pop- up creative hub represented the first time that Theatre Delicatessen had looked beyond their core constituency of artists and theatre-makers to open up affordable workspace to the wider creative industries.

Spread over the 7 floors of this 72,000 square ft central London building, the pop-up creative hub comprised:

  • 9 dedicated rehearsal rooms, offered to artists at minimum cost

  • 4 performances spaces, including a 50 seat black box studio theatre

  • Shared resources and working space for costume makers and designers

  • Nomad Pop-Up photography studio

  • 4,500 square foot 'design and make' workshop
  • Office and administration space for theatre companies, charities and start ups

Total number of performances:
412 (27 productions)
Total Audience Attendance:
Total Rehearsal Room bookings:
5179 (by 1033 customers)

One from the vault:

Shelter Me (Aug - Oct 2015)

Circumference / Theatre Delicatessen

Immersive circus production that took audiences on a journey from basement to the roof-space of 119 Farringdon Road, exploring the impact of social media and modern communications on our relationships.

Lemonade and Laughing Gas / Blanche and Shock present The Owls are Not What They Seem (Aug - Oct 2015)
Plunge Theatre present Private View (January 2015)
Soundboxed in association with Theatre Delicatessen present The Development (December 2014)
Theatre Deli present Pedal Pushers (September 2014, remount of 2009 production at Regent Street venue

Deskspace users:

Theatre: China Plate, DifferencEngine, Fevered Sleep, Finger in the Pie, Lab Collective, Lemonade and Laughing Gas, Little Soldiers, No Feedback, Same But Different, Shunt, Specifiq, Time Won’t Wait, Younger Theatre

Design: Ampersand Architecture, ODOS Architects, Emily Harwood Set Design Design/Costume Becky Evans, Florence Hendriks, Chloe Holland

Charities: Forum for Discussion of Israel & Palestine (FODIP), Make A Difference Trust

Creatives: Anisa Topan Communications (fashion), Blow Presents (fashion), Hare Meets Tortoise, Johnny Favourite (film makers)

Artists: Amber Anderson, Saki n Bee, Lou Ireland, Karis Knight, Karl Millett, Pins Artist

Local Authority: Islington

Partner Landlord: Viridis Real Estate Services

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