The Wembley site that hosted The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Pop Idol is to be reopened as a 2,000-seat theatre this autumn. Award-winning temporary venues pioneer Troubadour Theatres is transforming the former Fountain Studios into a flexible drama space.
The new Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will be capable of seating between 1,000 and 2,000 people in traditional proscenium arch, in-the-round and immersive theatre formats. The site will also be equipped with a restaurant and bar space.
It will sit within the 85 acre Wembley Park redevelopment led by developer Quintain that will create nearly 30 affordable artist studios, 1,000 new homes and retail and office space in the area.
Troubadour Theatres’ spokespersons Tristan Baker and Oliver Royds 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.
“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.”
Troubadour Theatres is best known for its development of the King’s Cross Theatre complex which combines two 1,000-seat auditoria and a 450-seat studio – which previously housed 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.
The company has created a series of tented and semi-permanent venues, often utilising derelict and unused spaces, in the London boroughs of Camden, Kensington & Chelsea, as well as Westminster.
Quintain chief operating officer James Saunders, whose company has been refurbishing the Wembley Park area since 2006, said the theatre project would enhance the area’s cultural offer.
“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,” he commented.
“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.”