Brixton House (formerly known as Ovalhouse) will open to the public in 2021. A new theatre located in the heart of Brixton’s local community that aims to be a cultural hub for social entertainment and artistic inspiration.
With a legacy founded on nurturing talent, Brixton House will offer individuals space to flourish, become inspired by the world around us, and encourage excellence. Known for our ambitious, brave, and conscientious work, we will invite artists and audiences to enjoy artistic experiences in our new home.
Our new theatre will house two studio performance spaces, seven rehearsal rooms including ceiling heights for aerial performances, high-quality technical facilities, and fully accessible spaces, including wheelchair accessible rigs.
The comfortable, yet stylish café and bar will be open to the public for social gatherings as well as creative arts. Next door, the newly refurbished Carlton Mansions will reopen to house studios and offices for creative organisations.
Designed by Edmund Wilson of Foster Wilson Architects, the new theatre intricately incorporates sustainable raw materials throughout, while boldly displaying modern features and illuminations. Galliford Try is undertaking the construction build.
The building development is part of the Somerleyton Road Development Project in partnership with the London Borough of Lambeth. As a new theatre embedded in the community, Brixton House aims to serve the residents and the creative community of Brixton and beyond.
Brixton House will be home to artists and audiences. The spaces included are:
2 State of the Art Theatres
The main theatre will seat 180 and the smaller space 120 audience members.
The theatres will be fully accessible black box spaces with configurable seating, offering the greatest creative and spatial versatility to Brixton House artists and visiting companies
Theatre One will have a fully accessible technical and lighting level, enabling disabled technicians to work in the space.
Theatre Two will have a motorised lighting truss which lowers to ground level, accessible for disabled technical staff and providing safe training opportunities for young people to learn technical theatre skills.
The theatres will house a diverse programme developed by Brixton House in partnership with our resident artists, our young talent development programme and our local community, as well as national and international co-productions and tours.
7 Rehearsal Studios
Our fully accessible rehearsal studios will be equipped to enable community participants, artists and visiting companies to create, share and develop new work. All studios are designed to be multi-purpose, with full acoustic separation.
One self-contained studio suite has been specifically designed to accommodate the needs of children with complex and multiple disabilities, with integral toilets and breakout space.
Four studio spaces will have double-height ceilings to accommodate circus work and aerial rigging.
One large studio will be equipped to a high technical specification to suit the needs of dance companies, film and television for rehearsals. The studio will also act as an events space and third performance space for Brixton House.
One studio will be dedicated to Brixton House learning and participation activities will local artists and communities.
Several spaces will be designed specifically for use by neurodiverse artists, participants, staff and community members.
Café/Bar & Welcome Space
Our street-facing café/bar and front of house areas will be publicly accessible, informal and welcoming, encouraging the local community to use the theatre as a social and creative gathering place. We will source from local businesses and ensure that prices are affordable for local residents. The Café/Bar and foyer will also serve as an area for exhibitions and small-scale informal live work.
In addition, Carlton Mansions will be refurbished and reopen as a creative hub adjacent to Brixton House.