William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director of Riverside Studios, says: "We're thrilled that people in Hammersmith have responded with such enthusiasm to what we've been doing at Riverside Studios. Not only have we brought critically-acclaimed drama, film and performance from around the world to Hammersmith, but also provided a platform for community arts organisations, facilities for local business and created an award-winning restaurant & cafe-bar which the award shows is clearly a firm favourite with local people in the borough."
Guy Hornsby, Executive Director of Riverside Studios, says: "The Riverside Studios team would like to thank everyone in Hammersmith who voted for us. This is the culmination of an incredibly exciting year for us as we've just started to completely redevelop Riverside. We'll be re-opening in a brand-new building which will be the finest community arts and performance centre in London and a wonderful resource for local people in Hammersmith & Fulham."
In the past 12 months Riverside has staged many notable productions including Mies Julie, written and directed by internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber, based on the classic August Strindberg Miss Julie, and produced by the Baxter Theatre in South Africa. It received 5 star reviews from all the major national press. The Telegraph called it an 'Unforgettable Play' and The Independent called it an 'Electric Production'. It has since toured to Ireland, Oxford Playhouse, Brighton, South Africa and the USA.
Riverside Studios has just embarked on a major redevelopment. Due to re-open in 2018, Riverside will have much improved facilities including three studios, a cinema and screening room, a community and rehearsal area and a much enhanced local entertainment space. The new foyer will look out on to the river with a variety of restaurants and bars and the river walkway will be opened up across the front of Riverside and Queen's Wharf.
In its new environment Riverside will continue to provide a mixed programme of performing art in all its forms as well as the best in cinema and television. Riverside's intention is to combine its historic success into a new offering, in which it collaborates with arts organisations from around the country. Its ambition will be to bring performing arts to new audiences by using digital technology, to people who are at home, on the move, in cinemas, or watching live in the new building.
Our development partners Mount Anvil have produced a website for local residents in Hammersmith and Fulham. It is regularly updated with information about the progress of this project.