We are delighted to be the recipients of generous donation from The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to support the build of the permanent, touring ROUNDABOUT AUDITORIUM.

The Foundation has donated £150,000 towards our dream theatre – a fully self-contained in-the-round auditorium that will flat pack into a lorry and pop up anywhere from theatres to school halls and sports centres, in every corner of the country.

Round and Round we go.... Design Lucy Osborne

In October 2011 we built a prototype of the auditorium which housed three new plays by three of UK’s hottest writers – Duncan Macmillan, Nick Payne and Penelope Skinner. The protoype and the plays had their first outing at Sheffield Theatres, with whom we co-produced the season.

We then brought the prototype and the season of plays to Shoreditch Town Hall in Autumn 2012.

Thanks to the generous support of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, we can now build a permanent, portable Roundabout Auditorium, fulfilling our long-held ambition to tour the very best new plays to every corner of the UK, to both established theatre spaces, and non traditional theatre venues.

Designed by Lucy Osborne (with lighting by Emma Chapman), the 111 seat venue will be built using sustainable materials and will flat pack into a single lorry and can pop up in any space from existing theatres to village and school halls, community and sport centres, warehouses and even parks.

Madeleine Lloyd Webber, Foundation Trustee, said:

“The Foundation is very proud to be funding this completely innovative performing space for Paines Plough.

“Paines Plough brings excellent theatrical productions to regions across the UK and we hope the new space will help enhance the work they already do.  Providing opportunities for everyone to have positive artistic experiences is a priority for the Foundation, so we encourage others to give to arts projects that make an impact on communities across the UK.”

Our ADs James and George said:

“We are hugely grateful to The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for its game-changing support of The Roundabout Auditorium. We are thrilled the Foundation shares our passion for finding new ways to enable more people around the country to experience new plays. Its support will play a major role in making Roundabout possible, meaning our pop-up in-the-round touring amphitheatre will hit the road with a repertory of three outstanding new plays, offering audiences everywhere a unique theatrical experience.

“For years to come, the best new plays will turn up on people’s doorsteps in theatres, school halls, sports centres, warehouses and even parks. The ALW Foundation is supporting us to make this touring revolution possible, and we are galvanised as we seek to build a legacy of enjoyment of new plays in every corner of Britain. ”

The ROUNDABOUT AUDITORIUM has also been generously supported by:


18 anonymous donors
Alice Flynn & Family
Angela Cory
Caroline Mathison
Caroline Newling
David Lan
Deborah Joseph
Emma Keele
Emma Perrin
George Perrin
Gillian Kirk
Glen Pearce
Hannah Rodger
Hilary Puxley & Michael Crane
James Atkinson
Jemma Gardner
Jon & NoraLee Sedmak
Maggie Cronin
Micha Colombo
Rachael Hilton
Richard Wilson
Sandra Wilkinson
Zarine Kharas
Zoe Crick


Garfield Weston Foundation
John Ellerman Found

Without the generous support of Trusts and Foundations and individual donors, we simply couldn’t do what we do. We are truly grateful to all our supporters. If you would like to support us, we’d love to hear from you.

Read more about Roundabout on our blog.