The world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre.
Roundabout is our tourable, in-the-round, 168-seater auditorium.
Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country. You might find it in on a football pitch in Coventry, on Margate seafront, by a lake in Poole Park, in Doncaster market square, on campus in Lincoln. Roundabout also regularly sits in the Summerhall Courtyard during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival hosting a jam-packed programme.
Roundabout is completely self-contained with state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound.
We built Roundabout because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people as possible to be able to see them. Many places in the country don’t have theatres. Now we can take a theatre to them.
We’re proud to present outstanding plays by some of the nation’s finest writers in Roundabout along with fantastic guest companies and one-off performances and events.
In 2021, these plays are
Wherever you are, Roundabout is coming to a town near you soon.
In 2019, Roundabout sat in Doncaster Market Square, between the Corn Exchange and the Wool Market.
Roundabout pops up on Newington Green, outside the community centre.
Lighthouse Poole have recently taken Roundabout to Arts By The Sea Festival in Bournemouth.
At its core, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has a 444 seat auditorium, multiple performance studios and creative spaces.
Roundabout has been visiting different Salford communities since 2015. We have been to Little Hulton, Eccles, Ordsall and Broughton, and in 2021 we’re headed to Swinton.
“A beautifully designed masterpiece in engineering...a significant breakthrough in theatre technology.”
Theatre Building of the Year 2015
The Stage Awards
“The loveliest venue at the Fringe.”
“Great stories, faultless ambition and commitment to the power of theatre.”
Programmer and Producer, The Lowry
There are no visible conventional lighting units or speakers in Roundabout. The theatre uses ‘plug and play’ technology.
The lighting facilities consist of 627 individual LED light fittings – a mixture of colour mixing and tuneable white – installed in the roof of the theatre. This pixelated lighting has the ability to project images.
Roundabout took us four years of inventing, designing, head-scratching, fundraising, sanity-checking, coercing and testing to get from initial idea to launch in 2014.
Roundabout was designed by Lucy Osborne and Emma Chapman in collaboration with Charcoalblue and Howard Eaton. It was built and developed by Factory Settings.
We’re always looking for venues and producers to help us pop-up Roundabout across the UK. If you’re interested in bringing Roundabout to your town and working with us to create a unique, exciting, local programme of work then please get in touch by contacting Matt, our lead Producer on Roundabout.
Roundabout is a hugely versatile multi-use space. Whether you’re hosting a conference or a cookery demo, Roundabout will give your event some serious wow factor. Give us a shout to find out more about hiring Roundabout.
If you are an artist or a company and you’d like to make work for Roundabout or have something you think is perfect for the space we’d love to hear from you.
We aim to be fully accessible and actively work with venues to programme fully accessible performances of our shows, but we know that there’s a lot more that we can do.
If you have any questions on the accessibility of any our shows, access requirements that aren’t mentioned below or ideas of how we can improve, please do get in touch with us by email or on +44 (0) 20 7240 4533.
Wheelchair and limited mobility access
Roundabout is fully wheelchair accessible and is always popped up on a step-free site. We can accommodate up to four wheelchair users per performance by removing sections of the front benching, so wheelchair users are seated on the front row. Companions are provided with a seat next to the wheelchair. For more wheelchair and limited mobility access information on our different venues, please visit our partner and tour venue websites.
Roundabout has a built in T-loop available for every performance. Just ask our friendly Front Of House staff, and switch your hearing aid on to use it.
Depending on the venue, these may be closed captioned or open captioned. Theatre captions are similar to television subtitles and give people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing access to live performance. The actors’ words appear on an LED caption unit or units, placed next to the stage or in amongst the audience at the same time as they are spoken or sung.
When touring with Roundabout, performances will be closed captioned on tablets due to the limitations of the space. We have an on-going partnership with Stagetext to ensure our captioning service is as up to date as possible.
You will be able to download visual stories for our shows that have relaxed performances, below.
Audio description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds, describing action that is essential to the understanding of the story, as well as other visual information such as the style and design, sets, costumes, facial expressions and visual jokes. The description will be delivered around the dialogue of a performance and you can listen to it through a discreet headset.
We welcome attendees who may require medicines, food, drinks or medical equipment to manage a medical condition, and there will always be a trained First Aider at the venue or on site.
We welcome assistance dogs, though do ask that you let us know in advance using the above contact details, and provide proof that any dog is registered with an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs UK or equivalent.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
John Ellerman Foundation
Universal Consolidated Group
Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd
Total Solutions Group
Alan Brodie Representation
Anne McMeehan Roberts
Breckman & Company
Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd
Craig & Kate Walmsley
David & Nili Chinn
Elizabeth & Vincent Meyer
Emma Brunjes Productions
Fiona Victory & Ken Cranham
Gareth Lake & Adam Blanshay
Guy Chapman / Target Live
Harbottle & Lewis LLP
Independent Talent Group Ltd
James McMeehan Roberts
Joe & Laura Pickles
Jon & NoraLee Sedmak
Kim & Stewart Grant
Marilyn Imrie & James Runcie
Michael Grandage Company
Nick Hern Books
Nimax Theatres Ltd
Ruth & Jim Grover
Sarah Mansell & Tim Bouquet
Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ronald Harwood
Stewart D Grant
The Agency (London) Ltd
The Mackintosh Foundation
The Old Vic Theatre