London's Roundhouse May Offer Musical Season

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The Roundhouse's musical past (it was frequently used for rock concerts in the 1970's) is likely to come full circle if plans to stage an alternative to the Albert Hall's proms comes to fruition.

The idea is that an eight-week proms series would be hosted by the Roundhouse as an alternative to the long-established series of summer concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. This will not happen until 2005 at the earliest, as the Roundhouse is to undergo extensive refurbishment from the summer of 2003, as part of a rolling program of improvements.

The venue's versatility is currently being displayed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, who have staged three Shakespearean works there this summer, the latest (and best-received) being Adrian Noble's production of Pericles.

It is expected that, apart from the high-profile proms, the Roundhouse will continue to be used the rest of the year by a variety of theatre companies, from those producing "straight" theatre to Performance Art companies like Cirque du Soleil.

—By Paul Webb Theatrenow