Alumni of centre on London’s Holloway Road include Helen Mirren and Daniel Craig

DSDHA has completed the redevelopment of the National Youth Theatre’s home on Holloway Road in north London.

The project transforms the building’s visibility and accessibility from the street and doubles its capacity for professional studio space.

The NYT was established in 1956 as the world’s first youth theatre company, with past members including Helen Mirren, Chiwitel Ejiofor, Zawe Ashton and Daniel Craig. 

DSDHA’s project has added a 250-seat Workshop Theatre to the building for the first time, enabling the NYT to welcome audiences from the local community and beyond. Previously the building was used for the creation rather than performance of productions.

Central to the design concept – which DSDHA developed with the young people – is the introduction of a new entrance pavilion, housing a reception, members’ hub and community studio space.

On the ground floor, the relocation of staff offices and structural alterations to the existing workshops have enabled the creation of new naturally lit, flexible performance spaces, with new rehearsal studios and workshops for members and commercial hire.

The upper floors of the existing building have been turned into new rehearsal space which opens up the first floor façade, as well as a redeveloped administrative space at the top of the building with views down Holloway Road.

A subsequent phase of work will add a further backstage space including an interactive archive, hot desks for early-career creatives and digital recording suites. The first and second floors house further studio space as well as offices, a green room, and design and production facilities