Battersea Arts Centre

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  • Experimental
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South London's erratic temple of the avant-garde

The forward-thinking Battersea Arts Centre, which inhabits the old Battersea Town Hall, has become synonymous with experimental theatre. Under long-term artistic director David Jubb it's styled itself as home of 'scratch' (work-in-progress) performance, but frequently breaks cover with mini-festivals of finished work and the occasional huge, mad project – notably Punchdrunk's immersive 'Masque of the Red Death', which totally took over the entire theatre for a year. It also fosters strong links with the local community – not least as a venue to get married in – and is popular with comedians as a venue for trialling new work.

It has a constantly festival air, with cheap tickets and a convivial bar that offers a wide selection of beers and decent tapas.

Its occasionally turbulent history has been marked by at least one theatre of closure due to loss of funding, and a dramatic fire in March 2015 that closed large portions of the building.

To the outside eye, however, BAC remains indestructible, with fire damage just another phase in a building that's in constant flux and development. 

Venue name: Battersea Arts Centre
Address: Lavender Hill
SW11 5TN
Transport: BR: Clapham Junction; Tube: Clapham Common/Stockwell
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  • West End Until Saturday February 13 2016
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  • Contemporary theatre Friday February 12 2016
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  • Monday February 15 2016 - Wednesday February 17 2016
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  • Interactive Wednesday March 2 2016 - Saturday March 19 2016
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  • Experimental Wednesday March 2 2016 - Saturday March 19 2016
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  • Fringe Tuesday April 5 2016 - Saturday April 23 2016
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  • Fringe Tuesday April 5 2016 - Thursday April 21 2016
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  • Food and drink events Sunday April 17 2016
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  • Experimental Wednesday April 27 2016 - Saturday May 14 2016
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  • Experimental Wednesday May 11 2016 - Saturday May 28 2016
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