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RADA Studios

RADA Studios
1882 Bloomsbury Rifles
The Drill Hall
Address 16 Chenies Street
Camden, London
Type Studio theatre
Capacity 200 seats
Opened 1884
Architect Samuel Knight

RADA Studios (formerly The Drill Hall) is a theatrical venue in Chenies Street in the London Borough of Camden, just to the east of Tottenham Court Road, owned by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

The venue contains rehearsal rooms and meeting rooms, and two small theatres - the 200-seat Studio Theatre, and the 50-seat Club Theatre.[1]

History and Drill Hall

The venue was built in 1882 as a drill hall for the Bloomsbury Rifles - the architect was Samuel Knight.[2] It has a notable artistic history: in the 1900s, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes rehearsed there.[2] During World War II it was used for Ralph Reader's Gang Shows.[2] In the 1960s it was used as an art gallery for the Tate Gallery’s exhibition of the McAlpine Collection.[2]

Drill Hall shortly after completion

The venue started to be used as an arts centre for Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia in 1977,[2] and became a theatre, the Drill Hall, in the 1980s after many years of being used as a rehearsal hall. From 1984, the Drill Hall particularly supported production of theatrical and artistic works with

  • The Drill Hall
  • BBC TV and radio tickets

External links

  1. ^ "About RADA | Venue Hire | Theatres", RADA. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Andrew Girvan, "RADA Acquires Lease on the Drill Hall, Now RADA Studios",, 9 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  3. ^ a b Rupert Smith, 7 January 2008The Drill Hall's future in doubt Time Out accessed 15 Jan 2008
  4. ^ "About RADA | News and Press | RADA Studios", RADA. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  5. ^ "RADA Venue Hire".  
  6. ^ "Final episode of Cabin Pressure". 
  7. ^ "BBC Venues - The RADA Studios".  


The entire venue is available for hire from RADA.[5] The 200 seat Studio Theatre has been utilised by the BBC as a studio for recording radio shows, such as Cabin Pressure,[6] in front of a live audience[7]

In January 2012, RADA acquired the lease of the venue from Central London Arts Ltd, who had run the Drill Hall for 30 years.[2][4] RADA's objectives in acquiring the lease included the possibility of hiring out the central London rehearsal and studio space as a "further opportunity for income generation and sustaining the charity as it continues into its second century of operation."[2] Central London Arts then began trading as Outhouse London, with the intention of continuing to produce large-scale theatre and community-theatre events across London and the UK.[2]


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