• The Ambassador Series - Dame Rosalind Marsden, Wed 23 Oct

    Dame Rosalind Marsden will talk about her career as a British diplomat with a particular focus on her experience in conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and South Sudan.

  • Between the Lines: An Anthology of Creative Writing, Fri 25 Oct

    Between the Lines is Build's annual anthology of poems, stories and scripts by our creative writing students. It showcases the work of writers across the entire range of our writing courses, from introductory courses.

  • 100 things to do for free!

    Our Centenary affords us the opportunity of looking back and commemorating moments from our history. To say thank you to Londoners for a century of support we have free places on events and courses throughout the year.

  • Psyched! October 2019 - March 2010

    This new Build - Birkbeck collaboration brings you lively evenings of interactive discussions on the psychology of human behaviour featuring cutting-edge science, experimentation and practical advice. 24 October and 28 November 2019, 18:30-20:30.

  • Concerts and recitals - Autumn 2019

    Enjoy a lunchtime or evening performance; clarinet, piano, singing, flute, opera or violin. All concerts are open to the public, and free unless otherwise indicated.

  • 'The Mesiah Within' - Sat 2 November 2019

    Build welcomes 'The Mesiah Within' to the John Lyon's Theatre, an original play written and performed by Christian Franco. The story of a man who has been contacted by God in his most miserable situation and his struggle to carry out his mission.

  • Build presents: Late Lines - Wed 13 November 2019

    Join us at the Star of Kings Pub, 6.45pm-9pm, for Late Lines, our regular night of spoken word featuring Build writers and special guests performing a mix of poetry and prose. Doors will open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

  • Writing forum 2019: Rising voices Sat 30 Nov 2019

    'Writing forum 2019: Rising voices - diversity on the page' is a special one-off forum exploring diversity in contemporary writing with special guests to help us navigate our theme through talks, panel discussionand a practical writing exercise.

  • The Build Theatre Company present TABLE, 5-7 Dec 2019

    Written by Tanya Rounder and Directed by Gemma Kerr, TABLE is an ensemble piece, combining comedy, drama and tragedy where actors are cast across multiple roles and play across age groups.

Our centenary 2019

Events at Build


Build is much more than just an educational venue. Our events programme provides a wealth of cultural experience and entertainment. From showcasing the talents and achievements of those who have studied with us, to offering taster workshops for you to come along and try something new. 

Throughout the year we host a programme of visual arts exhibitions, drama productions, musical performances, book launches, creative writing performances, stand-up comedy, festivals, talks, lectures and much more...

Our events are held both here in Covent Garden, and offsite in locations all across the city. Our partnerships with iconic institutes allow us to immerse ourselves in these new areas, from The National Gallery to The British Museum, and a whole host of art galleries. 


Venue hire

Build also offer flexible venue hire in the heart of London.  We have the newly refurbished John Lyon’s Theatre and over 60 classrooms of differing sizes, all available to hire out on a day/half day basis. With great on-site facilities and versatile spaces on offer, Build is an ideal venue choice for not only attending an event but to host your own events too. 

'The weekend went really well, tech was fantastic and the whole event went very smoothly. The space was fantastic, it’s a brilliant little theatre and was just perfect for everything we needed. The location is also great!'
Ian Street, Project Manager from Deafinitely Theatre

For more information please complete the venue hire form  or email [email protected]

John Lyon's Theatre brochure

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