Friday, 6 January 2012

Plaque of the Week No.101: The Roundhouse

You've seen them all over the city: discs, tablets, cameos and plaques commemorating the great and the good of London Town. Friday is our new day for tracking down London plaques (Blue or otherwise) and putting them centre stage on the Daily Constitutional. This week…

The plaque on The Roundhouse at Chalk Farm reminds us of the original purpose of the building that is now a Grade II* Listed structure. But it is not as a railway shed that this building has become a London legend.

As a theatre in the 1960s it played home to the famously controversial revue Oh! Calcutta! as well as Hamlet – directed by Tony Richardson and starring Nicol Williamson and Marianne Faithfull.

Ms Faithfull’s 60’s beau Mick Jagger performed here with The Rolling Stones. The Doors played a legendary show here in 1968. Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix and The Ramones all graced the space with their varied talents.

Currently thriving again as a live venue after years of uncertainly, this beloved London performance space will play home to CircusFest later this year, a feast of contemporary circus. The Roundhouse website is HERE.

For more legends of rock'n'roll see the Rock'n'Roll London walk every Friday meeting at 2pm Tottenham Court Road Stn (Exit 2)


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