A new cabaret venue created to allow a continuation of live performance in the stagehouse of Frank Matcham's Grade II-listed London Hippodrome on Leicester Square.
The Hippodrome was built in 1900 and featured both a proscenium stage and an arena for aquatic spectacles with eight central fountains and a circle of fountains around the side. Shows included equestrian acts, elephants and polar bears, and acrobats would dive from a Minstrel Gallery above a sliding roof. Since then, the theatre has been reborn in may different forms including a cabaret venue, a nightclub and a circus space. The latest incarnation is the Hippodrome Casino and Entertainment Venue. The original Matcham-designed auditorium is now a combination of gaming and restaurant facilities.
Charcoalblue joined the project in order to turn the existing stagehouse into the Matcham Room. The form of the historic building led to the creation of a uniquely intimate multi-functional venue. The balcony and rear of the stalls consist of custom-designed seating units. The main floor area is open to a wide variety of loose seating layouts and includes a stage lift that can be lowered to meet the surrounding floor level.
The Matcham Room at the Hippodrome Casino opened to the public in 2012.
Location: Westminster, London, UK
Type: Multipurpose cabaret venue
Team: Cadmium Design, Charcoalblue