The Drill Hall was built in 1882 for the Bloomsbury Rifles. However, it has always been a home for the arts as well; even in the early 1900’s it was used as a rehearsal space for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and Nijinksy.
In 1984 the current management took control and established the theatre as it is today. It has made a name for itself in supporting up and coming artists and as a producer of work on gay and lesbian themes. Simon Fanshawe and Rhona Cameron are amongst those who have found a home here. The theatre also does political and community work on gay rights, initiating the Arts Lobby against Section 28, and working to address homophobia in schools.
There are 2 performance spaces in the theatre. Drill Hall 1 holds 200 people and the seats are reserved and numbered. Drill Hall 2 holds 50 people in unreserved seating. There is a licensed bar on the ground floor serving drinks and snacks and the building is air conditioned.
Both halls are fitted with induction loops are there are 4 wheelchair seats available in Hall 1. Hall 2 has flexible seating. There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor next to the bar.
The theatre is 2 minutes’ walk from Goodge Street tube station. There are parking spaces for blue badge holders outside the building, but otherwise street parking in the area is very limited.
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