Temporary Theatre – Clerkenwell

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Abberrant Architecture, a London-based design studio, developed a low-cost way to bring theatre back to the High Street. Inspired by the 17th centre story of Clerkenwell-based coal salesman Thomas Britton, they designed a small mobile theatre and placed it on the location of the historic well that gave Clerkenwell its name.

Britton turned the living space above his coal-shed into a music room, drawing a wide range of audiences and artists, including famous composer George Friedrich Handel. By designing a mini-theatre, Aberrant Architecture told Britton’s story to the Clerkenwell public. Seating only six people, but attracting many more, it provided an intimate theatre experience to Clerkenwell residents and visitors.