Above the Stag in Vauxhall

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Above the Stag in Vauxhall

New Theatre Building in London, England – design by FORMstudio

25 Oct 2018

Above the Stag

Architects: FORMstudio

Location: Vauxhall, South West London, England, UK

Above the Stag – A dynamic new Theatre in Vauxhall by FORMstudio

Located in two interconnecting railway arches, the theatre will form a part of the wider retail and leisure regeneration focused around Vauxhall station in south London.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
Main entrance to the theatre on Albert Embankment © PBGStudios

FORMstudio’s design provides a new home for the local award-winning Above The Stag LGBT+ theatre company, which had outgrown its previous venue in a single, smaller arch further along the railway line.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
Cafa-bar area © Mike Neale, FORMstudio

The new venue comprises a 110-seat main auditorium, a 60-seat studio theatre, a dance/rehearsal space, exhibition facilities and a large café-bar open throughout the day and evening, along with all the necessary back of house areas.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
Box office and bar © Mike Neale, FORMstudio

The polished concrete screed, galvanised steel fittings and corrugated grey cladding to the arches, combine with areas of exposed brickwork to create a retro industrial aesthetic that is further enhanced by an eclectic selection of furniture and a 9m long bar clad in reclaimed scaffolding boards.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
Zinc bar counter © PBGStudios

The new venue has a street presence at both ends of the arches, bringing life to what had previously been the ‘dead’ back end facing the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, as well as providing the theatre with a strong visual identity and sense of place on the Albert Embankment which it previously lacked.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
During the daytime, dappled light through the trees animates the cafe-bar © PBGStudios

The theatre opened with a new 25th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s landmark play Beautiful Thing, first staged in 1993 at the Bush Theatre. Above The Stag is the only full-time professional LGBT+ theatre in the UK.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
Concealed LED lighting illuminates the well-stocked bar © PBGStudios

FORMstudio has chosen to celebrate the industrial grit of the original architecture. The robust palette of materials features a polished concrete screed, galvanised steel fittings and corrugated grey cladding to the arches, together with areas of exposed brickwork, conjuring up a retro-industrial aesthetic that is further enhanced by a nine-metre-long bar clad in reclaimed scaffolding boards.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
Main auditorium © Mike Neale, FORMstudio

The venue has a dynamic street presence at both ends of the arches, enlivening the facade facing the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, as well as providing the theatre with a strong visual identity and sense of place on the Albert Embankment.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall
Main auditorium seating © Mike Neale, FORMstudio

Above The Stag is the only full-time professional LGBT+ theatre in the UK and an integral part of Vauxhall’s LGBT+ identity. The area has a rich history, from the 18th-century Pleasure Gardens to the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern, home of performers such as Bette Bourne and Lily Savage, and scene of spirited defiance at the height of the AIDS crisis in the late ’80s.

Above the Stag in Vauxhall images / information received 251018

Location:Vauxhall, United Kingdom




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