In the nineteenth century it was a church, in the 1980s it was a starry nightclub, and now, 136 Shaftesbury Avenue is preparing to re-open as the West End’s latest arts venue. The former Welsh Chapel took a detour from the godly route when it became The Limelight Club, a den of 80s excess hosting the likes of Boy George and Spandau Ballet (and Bob Geldof’s stag do), and then later a Walkabout bar – the less said about that the better. It has been standing empty since 2010.
New arts organisation Stone Nest have now put in a planning application for the site, aiming to turn it into a home for experimental performance in the West End. As a taster of what’s to come, dance company New Movement Collective are creating an immersive site-specific piece ‘Nest’ from July 15-24 that will let audiences explore the atmospheric building, guided by a mixture of dance, live music, animation and interactive light technology. It could take a couple of years for the new venue to open, so now’s your chance to catch a preview glimpse inside.
For info, see New Movement Collective: Nest listing.