Battersea Arts Centre

Theatre, Experimental Battersea
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Battersea Arts Centre
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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. 

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Venue name: Battersea Arts Centre
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Address: Lavender Hill
London
SW11 5TN
Transport: BR: Clapham Junction; Tube: Clapham Common/Stockwell
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  • Solo shows Until Saturday May 27 2017
  • Contemporary theatre Monday May 29 2017 - Wednesday May 31 2017
  • West End Wednesday May 31 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017
  • Contemporary theatre Wednesday June 7 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017
  • Contemporary theatre Wednesday June 14 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017
  • Outdoor theatres Tuesday July 4 2017 - Saturday July 29 2017

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Karen J

Love this place....great productions...beautiful venue and quirky bar...what more do you need??

Chris H

I keep remembering the Mask of the Red Death. Can't get it out of my head. It's got to THE venue in London capable of handling such an immersive event. I wish to god they'd do it again!

angeline h

Beautiful building ,refurbished to high standard,great theatre,comedy and art and a great bar with lovely food!

Elaine M

Rising from the ashes.....BAC is a great community resource. Interesting plays, talks, good bar/food and discounts if you become a member which is only £24 a year and helps support them.

Bridget G

Battersea Arts Centre is a brilliant theatre that involves young people in creative and fun yet demanding productions. It is doing wonderful work, getting people involved and for people to go and see.

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Tastemaker

If I lived in Battersea or Clapham, I would be a regular here. Not only do they have a range of plays, comedy and workshops but they have a super chic bar that serves delicious food and a great range of drinks. It is all so comfortable that I don’t know how people leave. The staff are friendly and relaxed and the atmosphere is social but not your pub kind of ‘rowdy’ or ‘in your face’. Battersea’s cultural gem!