Discover London’s hidden gem then share it with a friend…
It’s existed since 1932 and yet the majority of people I talk to about “London’s hidden gem” usually have no idea it’s there.
The conversation often rears its head when discussing how much someone paid for tickets to see such-and-such play live or how much a comedy gig set a friend back.
In amongst scoffs of “it was sixty quid, which took me into my overdraft but it’ll definitely be worth it” I casually ask if they know about the BBC Broadcasting House Radio Theatre, where you can watch recordings of comedy gigs, quiz shows, panel shows and bands for FREE.
Broadcasting House opened in 1932 and has been recording legendary shows and gigs there ever since. The radio theatre is where Little Britain begun with Matt Lucas and David Walliams relying solely on vocal talents to convey each character. The same goes for Miranda and Have I Got News For You. It also regularly plays host to bands and musicians doing sessions for various BBC radio stations and a live audience is always required as the BBC’s policy is to always use genuine audience reactions from real people; canned laughter has never been an option in the eyes of the BBC.
I, myself, have visited the radio theatre many times and had many a fantastic night there. From seeing Fleet Foxes do a beautifully raw set for Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show, to laughing uncontrollably at Radio 4’s The Now Show which features a stellar line up including comedy favourites Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
However, besides the tickets being free, most of the charm of these evenings lie in the history-steeped atmosphere of the Radio Theatre which survived the second World War, during which it acted as an air raid shelter for BBC staff members. Many of the art deco features remain, having been recently restored to show off the beauty of the interior. It’s a truly unique, special night out which needn’t set you back a penny -but of course Broadcasting House is surrounded by restaurants if you want to make a special occasion of it.
Register for free TV and radio recording tickets here.
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