Opened in September 1998, Jerwood Space was the first of Jerwood Foundation’s capital projects and operates as a not for profit organisation . It was created in response to a great and pressing need identified by major producers and directors for dedicated, affordable and well-equipped rehearsal space for both established and emerging theatre, opera and dance companies to develop their work side by side.
A former Victorian school in Southwark, the converted building was refurbished by Paxton Loucher Arhictects to create rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, offices and a versatile gallery space which is the home of the Jerwood Arts’ exhibition and events programme which also benefits local schools and youth groups.
The popular School House café with glasshouse and courtyard is run by the Gentlemen Baristas.
Over the past 21 years, over 2,300 different performing arts companies have rehearsed in 'The Space' as it affectionately known and it has become one of the best and most sought after rehearsal studios in the country, offering subsidised rates whenever possible.
The glazed walkway outside Space 7. Photo: Dennis Gilbert/VIEW
Further development in 2007 added a top storey to create Space 7, a much-needed space especially designed for large-scale musical theatre and a suite of meeting rooms. The high demand for Space 7 reflects the immense growth in musical theatre on the London and regional stages, many of which go on to tour around the UK. The fact that all the major muscial theatre productions over the past decade have been rehearsed at Jerwood Space is a testament to that early foresight.
Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Half a Sixpence in rehearsal. Photo: Manuel Harlan
Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) in rehearsal for Life of Pi in Space 2 - Photo: Manuel Harlan