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)

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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