With pop up theatre specialists Theatre Delicatessen taking over BBC’s former Marylebone headquarters for an exciting new summer the Time Out theatre team has rounded up the hippest new theatre spaces in London.
The old BBC London headquarters at 35 Marylebone High Street have turned into a pop-up arts venue for 2012. Theatre Delicatessen and friends are in residence until the building is redeveloped. Companies and artists are hanging out and making work upstairs in numerous offices and studios. And there’s a rolling programme of theatre, cabaret and live art. Drop in during the day or evening and you’ll find an indoor pleasure garden, complete with café and an astroturf lawn, plus big screen sporting highlights during the Olympics and performances which will pop up all over the building. 35 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QA
Buried away in the hinterland of warehouses that lie between Hackney proper and the Olympic Park, Hackney Wick’s The Yard is a real diamond in the rough. A profit-sharing 130-seat venue made from recycled materials, its two seasons to date have encompassed an impressively eclectic programme of leftfield international work, while the excellent bar and kitchen puts most of the rest of London’s theatres to shame. White Post Lane, E9 5E
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This hip Peckham venue is just about to begin its second season hosting the Royal Court’s admirable Theatre Local scheme. There’s always been a slight tension between the Court’s penchant for yoof-orientated drama and its rarefied Sloane Square address, so these bargain basement transfers to south London are important. The new Theatre Local season comprises Bola Agbaje’s ‘Belong’ (May 31-Jun 23) and Hayley Squires’s ‘Vera Vera Vera’ (Jul 4-28). 133 Rye Lane, SE15 3ST
The Arcola’s pop-up circus tent-style extra venue has considerably broadened the scope of east London’s theatrical powerhouse, with the programme of its two studios supplemented by stand up comedy, burlesque and cabaret, as well as short run touring theatre shows. 2 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
There’s lot of interest in this coming soon Finsbury Park venue, a commercial, non-subsidised venue that is aiming to offer a credible off-West End writing programme within its two spaces (a 200 seat main house and 90 seat studio). It’s not due to open until the autumn, but definitely one to watch. Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP