The future of Riverside Studios
Riverside Studios will close on 5th September 2014 for a major three year redevelopment, beginning the following month.
Our existing facilities and the neighbouring Queen's Wharf will be replaced by a new building across both sites.
Riverside Studios will have much improved facilities including three studios, a cinema and screening
room, a community & rehearsal area and a much enhanced public entertainment space. The river walkway will be opened up across
the front of Riverside Studios and Queen's Wharf. The new Riverside Studios will inhabit the ground floor and parts of the basement, first and second floors, with the remainder of
the building being apartments, built by our development partners, Mount Anvil and A2 Dominion. The new foyer will
look out on to the river with a variety of restaurants and bars.
The current Riverside Studios building began its life in a Victorian industrial age as a factory for water pumps
and sheet metal. Since then it has had a fascinating history and been a seminal cultural venue in London. It was
home to film studios from the 30s to the 50s, was one of the original BBC Studios that saw the inception of colour
television, and from the late 1970s has been a renowned centre of inspiring art.
Over its time it has seen Daleks and Dr. Who, Hancock's Half Hour, Sean Connery playing Chekhov, Helen Mirren,
Samuel Beckett, Peter Gill's wonderful plays, Robert Lepage, Michael Clark, Twyla Tharp, Dario Fo, Kantor, The
Exonerated, TFI Friday, Top of the Pops and countless films and film festivals from all over the world, including
retrospectives of directors Jules Dassin, Theo Angelopoulos and Roman Polanski. We have staged an incredible
array of international theatre and dance, the most recent of which was the sell-out hit Mies Julie from South
In our new environment we will continue to provide a mixed programme of performing art in all its forms as well as
the best in cinema and television. Our intention is to combine Riverside's historic success into a new offering,
in which we collaborate with arts organisations from around the country.
Our ambition will be to help bring performing arts to new audiences by using digital technology, whether they are
at home, on the move, in cinemas, or with us watching live in our new building.
We look forward to you all being part of the future of Riverside Studios.