20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill

Refurbishment and an Entertainment License for Grade 2 Listed Theatre
Works undertaken in 2006, Client: 20th Century Theatre
RD Architects, London Office

Alongside The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, this Theatre is one of only two remaining in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It has had a varied and interesting history. Originally one of London’s five patent Theatres, it became a penny-picture house and grew to prominence becoming, during the 1920’s, a rival to the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith. Indeed Laurence Olivier made his professional debut at the Theatre in 1925.

A rare survivor of the rectangular hall type theatre, with a gallery across one end, the Theatre measures 60 x 30 feet with a 30 square foot stage and a skylight, which runs the length of the space. The shape and location make the Theatre ideal for events and promotions. However this commercial rejuvenation had not been exploited and the Theatre had been used for the storage of antiques for over 40 years from the 1960’s. We were appointed to assist with the next phase of the theatre’s life. Our client wanted to refurbish the space and to host corporate, design and fashion functions. We prepared plans and obtained an entertainment’s license from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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