Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood Pod

Young Vic Theatre, London

Architect, Haworth Tompkins
Opened in June 2008

Jerwood Foundation made a capital grant of £500,000 towards Phase II of the Young Vic's extensive redevelopment of its Southwark site, including the Jerwood Pod. It was designed by Haworth Tompkins who had successfully completed the award-winning Phase I in 2006, the Jerwood Theatres at the Royal Court in 2000 and the Jerwood Kiln Studio at Aldeburgh Music in 2009.

The Jerwood Pod was opened on 5 June 2008 as a creative hub, a place for generating ideas and making art. For 11 years it housed young theatre companies who had joined the Young Vic as Associates, becoming part of their producing and organisational life for an agreed period of time. In August 2019, the Jerwood Pod became the new home of the Taking Part team, a core strand of the Young Vic’s artistic programming and responsible each year for the creation of circa 20 productions in the Maria and Clare Studios, with opportunities for regional touring.

The Young Vic was founded by Sir Laurence Olivier in 1970 for the younger members of his newly formed National Theatre Company. Young directors, designers, actors, writers and technicians gathered to present the great works of the world repertoire alongside new plays in a relatively informal environment at the lowest possible seat prices.

The Young Vic is now an award-winning theatre and producing house that bring some of the world's greatest artists to the most diverse audience in London. Since 2010, Jerwood Arts has supported the Jerwood Assistant Directors Programme which offers an extended placement at the Young Vic in the form of a paid artistic direction role on a major Young Vic production. This annual development opportunity is offered to six artistic directors from the Genesis Network.


Jerwood Pod, Young Vic, London © Archiects: Haworth Tompkins