Something for everyone at Twickenham's newest arts centre

Release Date: 31 October 2017

Jason Manford’s Comedy Club, Germaine Greer and David Starkey are set to appear on the stage of Twickenham’s newest art centre – which had a spectacular opening last week.

The Exchange is a modern new build venue with state of the art facilities, a 300-seat theatre, six studio rooms, large conservatory area and café-bar. It is situated opposite Twickenham railway station and is set to provide a welcome cultural addition to the area.

The Exchange will provide a valuable resource for local people and attract visitors from further afield with its programme of theatre, music, talks and events.

The six studios and the theatre are available for hire by community groups, organisations, businesses and individuals for everything from classes, courses and meetings to conferences and parties.

This new home for the arts in Twickenham is situated within the residential Brewery Wharf development on the site formerly occupied by the Royal Mail sorting office. It is the fruit of a new partnership between Richmond Council and St Mary’s University, who will operate the venue. Cllr Paul Hodgins, local councillors and stakeholders attended the vibrant opening event.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of the Council.

‘‘This is the next stage in the Council’s multi-million pound plan to improve and enhance Twickenham. The partnership with St Mary’s will bring immeasurable benefit to both the people of Richmond and Twickenham and students at the university.”

Creative Director for The Exchange, Stuart Hobday, said:

“We aim to be a valuable cultural addition to the area. It’s important that local people see The Exchange as their space. As well as a rich programme of music, theatre, talks and family shows we are providing new spaces for people in the borough.”

Prof Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s, added:

“I would like to thank the London Borough of Richmond for entrusting St Mary’s University with the stewardship of The Exchange.  We aim to present an entertaining and thought-provoking programme of events and to offer a welcoming cultural space to people from the borough and beyond”

The Exchange will feature a lively programme of arts and science events.

Included in the launch season is a rare Q & A with artist Jeremy Dellar, poetry from multi award winner Luke, talks by author, broadcaster and journalist Gary Younge and the always outspoken Germaine Greer. Music includes radical folk musician Nancy Kerr and singer songwriter Chris Wood.

The Exchange is also hosting talks by historian David Starkey and physicist Helen Czerski, as well as a solo performance by actor Ian Hughes, all as part of the Richmond Literature Festival. There are modern film screening facilities with Twickenham Cinema Club confirmed as an early user and regular ‘rep’ showings planned for the near future.

Comedy kicks off with Shazia Mirza’s current hit With Love From St Tropez. In 2018 TV comedian Jason Manford will be bringing his first ever regular London Comedy Club to the venue.

The building enjoys excellent transport links, situated directly opposite Twickenham train station with buses 110, 267, 281 and 681 all stopping nearby.

For full details of the upcoming programme at London’s newest venue go to www.exchangetwickenham.co.uk. Ticket bookings can be made via the website or by calling 0208 240 2399.

The Exchange is at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE directly opposite Twickenham overground station.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P503/17

Updated: 31 October 2017