Shoreditch Town Hall has seen a number of uses since its birth in 1866. It’s been a municipal centre, a music hall, and a boxing venue. Finally, after a fire, two world wars, and years of neglect, the impressive building was renovated and reborn — emerging as an arts centre, theatre, and community venue in 2012. It now boasts six different performance and events spaces, from a 500-seat Victorian auditorium to a labyrinth of untouched, underground rooms known as The Ditch.
Over the past decade, the Shoreditch Town Hall Trust has taken the borough’s motto — More Light, More Power — to heart, scheduling a vibrant and modern programme of experimental theatre, dance, music, and immersive experiences.
Shoreditch Town Hall Shows
The Town Hall launched with a bang, with a world premiere of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales — an immersive children’s production set in The Ditch. Other acclaimed shows since then include Theatre Re’s The Nature Of Forgetting in 2022, Tom Cowbury’s The Claim in 2020, and Kneehigh’s 2019 satirical panto Ubu.
The venue has also hosted plenty of esteemed London theatre companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Show & Tell, curious directive, Dreamthinkspeak, Spymonkey, The Wardrobe Ensemble, and the Talawa Theatre Company.
##Shoreditch Town Hall Awards
Productions at Shoreditch Town Hall have won four Offies since the venue’s launch. Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs won the Offie for Best New Play in 2012, before transferring to the Old Vic where it starred famous faces, Matt Smith and Claire Foy. 2016’s YOUARENOWHERE won the Short Run Offie, while 2017’s adaptation of Philp Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney won Best Male in a Supporting Role for actor Tom Rhys Harries and received a Best Actor nomination for George Blagden.
As well as live performances, Shoreditch Town Hall hosts community events and workshops from tea dances and a dementia festival to mime classes and sewing workshops. Its Made in Shoreditch Artists Workspace aims to provide a communal working environment for artists of all ages and the venue is part of the STAMP Network — a group of London theatres that support new writers and performers. The Town Hall also recently launched its MA Site-Specific Theatre Practice in conjunction with the University of East Anglia.
The Town Hall can be found in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Overground station and in the same neighbourhood as the Blues Kitchen, Old Street Records, and the Hoxton Basement.
380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT