The Troubadour Theatre Group is to create a new 2000 seat theatre in Wembley, in what is now the Fountain Studios.
The flexible 1,000-2,000 seat capacity Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is being created inside the former Fountain Studios, currently home to the X Factor live rounds.
Troubadour Theatres will run the brand-new theatre in Wembley Park, and will aim to work with well-known and emerging production companies and artists to stage “world-class entertainment within a flexible space unmatched by other London theatres”.
In addition to a flexible performance space, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will also house a restaurant and bar space.
Located within the former Fountain Studios, which are best known for being the venue of live televised shows including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Pop Idol, the new theatre will be in the heart of one of West London’s key entertainment destinations.
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will be a fully flexible theatre; a space that can be transformed to suit the requirements for every show – traditional proscenium arch theatre, in-the-round theatrical experiences, or immersive shows. It aims to encourage theatrical producers to think big, offering them an affordable alternative space to present bold and ambitious shows.
Troubadour run the King’s Cross Theatre (which consisted of two 1,000 seat theatres and one 450 seat studio housing the Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, David Bowie’s Lazarus and the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy). This will be the first theatre to open in Wembley and the first venture between Wembley Park developer Quintain, and Troubadour.
Speaking about the announcement Tristan Baker and Oliver Royds of Troubadour Theatres said: “We are delighted to be creating a state-of-the-art theatre in Wembley Park, in the heart of one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas. Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will be a modern venue for modern audiences: comfortable seating, increased leg room, a spacious and welcoming bar, a seasonal and innovative restaurant. And for theatre makers, we offer a flexible, dynamic and exciting performance space which can be designed around the shows.
“We see theatre audiences increasing year on year and we are excited, once again, to break the mould of traditional theatres and bring new innovative spaces to audiences and producers alike.”
Speaking about the deal, James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of Quintain, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Troubadour Theatres to Wembley Park and can’t wait to see the iconic Fountain Studios given a new lease of life, as it’s transformed into a brand-new theatre for those living, working and visiting Wembley Park. This new theatre opens as London is seeing a decline in live venues across the capital and is a further example of how Wembley Park is growing in stature as a cultural destination.”
Troubadour Theatre Wembley Park is set to open in the Autumn of 2018.