The world's most advanced revolving theatre to launch in late 2019
Designed by SODA Studio with Charcoalblue, the revived Boulevard Theatre in the heart of London's Soho will be the most advanced revolving auditorium in the world.
A render of the new Boulevard Theatre in end-on format. © SODA Studio
Revolving at both stalls and balcony level, the new Boulevard Theatre can be reimagined for cabaret, theatre, comedy, dining and much more in just three minutes.
The revived venue sits on the same site as the original Boulevard Theatre (which closed in the early 1990s) and is part of a larger mixed-use redevelopment of Walker's Court. With a seated capacity of up to 165, the venue will present its own in-house theatre productions together with a vibrant late-night programme of live music, comedy, spoken word, cabaret and films.
A render of the new Boulevard Theatre in traverse format. © SODA Studio
We worked with SODA Studio to create what will be one of the most technologically advanced and hardworking performance spaces in London when it opens in late 2019. Intimate and highly adaptable, the space sits within a tightly confined footprint which inspired the revolve. We worked with the design team on the theatre design and acoustics which isolates the performance space from the hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood.
“There is no venue of this kind or size that can respond to its users in a way that the Boulevard can.”
Gary Wright, Project Principal
A render of the new Boulevard Theatre in cabaret format. © SODA Studio
“The intimate venue has managed to pack in a great deal – a dedicated entrance, bars, toilets, rehearsal room, offices, meeting rooms and dressing rooms with fantastic views will enable the venue to establish itself as the West End’s most exciting new venue,” said Gary Wright, Charcoalblue Project Principal.
“There is no venue of this kind or size that can respond to its users in a way that the Boulevard can. It is a testament to theatrical innovation, holistic design and close collaboration between the architect, client and operators who, at every stage of the process have had great fun together creating this valuable space within Soho.”
Strike a pose project team
From left to right. General Manager Leon Scott, Charcoablue Senior Consultant Elena Giakoumaki, Director of Soho Estates Fawn James, Director of SODA Studio Russell Potter, Director of Soho Estates Philip Thompson, Artistic Director Boulevard Theatre Rachel Edwards, Charcoalblue Project Principal Gary P. Wright.