Our Theatres

Our story so far

Despite being one of the UK’s top drama schools, for over 30 years Mountview did not have its own theatres and instead had to tour productions to venues across London at high cost. In September 2018 after an 18-month build, we opened the doors of our new permanent home in Peckham, south London, and welcomed the next generation of Mountview students to start their training in our state-of-the-art theatres and studios. A generous gift of £1 million from Sir Cameron Mackintosh marked the end of the campaign to raise £6.5 million for our new home.

In 2020 Mountview was shortlisted for The Stage Theatre Building of the Year and in 2021 received a RIBA London Award.

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architectural award nominations

24+

student productions per year

£250k

previously spent on hiring theatre spaces per annum

16,000

tickets sold for productions in 2019

Transformational theatres

For the first time in our history, Mountview has cutting-edge theatre spaces that we can call our own. The theatres have transformed the student learning experience and brought our facilities in-line with the highest industry standards. We present over 24 student productions annually, as well as productions from community groups and professional companies. Our theatres are also at the heart of Mountview’s efforts to become a centre of accessibility in the arts. Both spaces are fully accessible and will feature work by resident and visiting professional companies.

Our home is a cultural hub for the local community and our theatres are a vital part of this: we offer discounted tickets and opportunities to perform on our stages through programmes including Generation N*xt.

We look forward to welcoming you to Mountview and our theatres soon.

The Mack

The Mack is a 200-seat theatre, generously supported by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, which provides our students with professional standard facilities that mirror the exceptional quality of their work and prepare them for lifelong careers. The playing area is large enough to provide a platform for epic musicals, yet is set within an auditorium which still feels intimate for solo productions and talks and events.

The Backstage Theatre

Our 80-seat Backstage Theatre was generously supported by Lady Susie Sainsbury and the Backstage Trust. As a black-box theatre, this provides our students with a versatile space for presenting innovative productions. Creative teams for student shows and professional companies alike push the possibilities of this space to create unique productions.

Thank You to Our Supporters

We are very grateful to the many individuals, grant-makers and organisations who have supported this ambitious project, including Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Lady Susie Sainsbury, Southwark Council and the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. Their generosity enabled us to invest in world-class training for the next generation of performers, production and creative artists and provide a new cultural resource for the people of Peckham.

The completion of the capital campaign means we can now focus on raising funds to support our talented students, along with developing the programmes and activities we deliver for our local community.

To find out more about supporting our work, explore our dedicated webpages or contact the fundraising team on 020 8829 1078 or development@mountview.org.uk