Famous faces celebrate Roundhouse at 50

Live performance space The Roundhouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary by asking artists to recall their time at the venue.

Performers such as Arlene Phillips, Thelma Holt and Sadie Frost, along with some of the venue’s current residents, have been recalling key moments for them in the venue’s 50-year history.

Starting life as an old train shed, the venue transformed in the 1960s into a taboo-busting performance space, opening in 1966 with a performance from a little-known band called Pink Floyd.

Throughout the years the venue played host to some of the UK’s most iconic artists, including the late David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Clash.

After closing in 1983 due to lack of funds the venue reopened in 1996 after being purchased by the Norman Trust, let by philanthropist Torquil Norman. Norman set up a board of trustees in 1998, including Bob Geldof and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, which helped the venue remain open and thrive.

Now, the Roundhouse continues to provide a safe haven for experimental theatre, support for young, upcoming artists and a venue for some of the hottest UK and international artists.

Find more about 50 years of the Roundhouse on the hashtag #Roundhouse50 or on the venue’s website.