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Riverside Studios is a production studio, theatre and independent cinema on the banks of the River Thames in Hammersmithmarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker. It plays host to contemporary and international dramatic and dance performance, film, visual art exhibitions and television production.


In 1933 the Triumph Film Company moved into the current site of Riverside Studios, a former factory warehouse on Crisp Road just south of the Hammersmith Bridgemarker. Under the ownership of Jack Buchanan, the company produced many well known films including The Happiest Days of Your Life. In 1954 the studio was acquired by the BBC for its television service. Series 2 to 6 of Hancock's Half Hour (1957–60) were made at the studios along with other drama and music programmes, including Quatermass and the Pit (1958–59), early episodes of Doctor Who, and children's programmes Jackanory and Play School. The facility was in continuous use until the late 1970s.

In 1975 after the BBC moved out, a charitable trust, formed by Hammersmith and Fulhammarker Council, took control of the centre. Soon thereafter cinema and theatre spaces were established, designed by architect Michael Reardon.

In 1976 Peter Gill was appointed Riverside's first artistic director and established the centre as a leading London arts theatre with acclaimed productions of The Cherry Orchard (1976), The Changeling (1975) and Measure for Measure (1979).

The centre was used to broadcast the 1990s Channel 4 Chris Evans vehicle TFI Friday. CD:UK was broadcast from Riverside from 2003 until 2006. Recent projects include BBC's Mighty Truck of Stuff and Channel 4's "T4" and "Popworld".

The current artistic director is William Burdett-Coutts who is also the artistic director of Edinburghmarker's Assembly Rooms[216910].

Recent Television Productions

Recent Dramatic Productions

Recent Dance Productions

Recent Comedy Productions


Riverside Studios is home to an independent cinema that screens an eclectic variety of independent and foreign language films. The cinema is also renowned for its double bill programmes and plays regular host to the London Taiwanese , Italian and Polish Film Festivals amongst others.


Tom Robinson hosts live recording sessions for his BBC6 radio show, show Introducing... in Studio 3.




  • Who's Who in the Theatre 17th edition, Gale Publishing (1982) ISBN 0810302357

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