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Battersea Arts Centre
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Designation Grade II* listed
Architect EW Mountford
Owned by BAC Trust
Capacity 500 Grand Hall
140 Lower Hall
Type Producing house
Opened 1980
Previous names 1893 Vestry of St Mary
1900 Battersea Town Hall
Production The Masque of the Red Death
Coordinates: 51°27′53″N 0°09′39″W / 51.4648°N 0.1607°W / 51.4648; -0.1607

The Battersea Arts Centre (often abbreviated to "BAC") is a performance space near Clapham Junction in Battersea, in the London Borough of Wandsworth that specialises in music and theatre productions. Sometimes, it is referred to as the National Theatre of the Fringe a venue where new productions are first performed and honed prior to tours or possible transfers to the theatres of the West End.



BAC pioneered the "scratch" methodology as part of its "ladder of development" for new work, where performances are shown at various stages of development to an outside audience, whose input and criticism guides the further evolution of the work.

Founded in 1980 in a Grade II* listed building which originally opened in 1893 as Battersea Town Hall and converted to a community arts centre in 1974, the building was designed in 1891, by E. W. Mountford. It currently receives grants towards the building's operating costs from Arts Council England and the London Borough of Wandsworth among others.

In 1901 a large pipe organ was installed in the Grand Hall. This was an unusual instrument designed by Robert Hope-Jones, a pioneering (and at the time controversial) organ builder who invented many aspects of the modern pipe organ. His ideas went on to form the basis of the Wurlitzer Theatre organ in the 1920s and 30s. The BAC pipe organ has been unusable for years but work has now started to restore it.

David Jubb has been the organisation's artistic director since 2004. David is one of subsidised theatre's most respected producers and is a pioneer of 'creative producing' in the industry. Creative producing underlines BAC's artistic philosophy and, as such, has been the basis of creating one of theatre's most ground-breaking artistic programmes. In 2008 he was joined by David Micklem with whom he shares the Joint Artistic Directorship of BAC.

Past Productions

Productions which were developed or started here have included

Companies and artists performing at BAC have included


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