Archer Lodge, Charles Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0QX.
A 10min walk up the hill from St Leonard’s Warrior Square Station
(on the upper part of Charles Road, opposite Markwick Gardens).
Parking readily available in roads around venue. Please park with thought for residents in the area.
Designed by Charles Archer Pigott, Archer Lodge began life as the registered offices of this architect in the 1890s but quickly became solely his family home and venue for family socialising. The building's history through the twentieth century is sketchy with a fragment of a letter found underneath the floorboards identifying it as lodgings for service personnel during the war and a recent Turkish visitor relating his student life in the sixties at the property when it was a private boarding house for students from all over the world. Today it serves as the home of experiential theatre company, ExploreTheArch, a unique intimate performance space with a domestic status. During production runs, audiences are invited to step into the building and be at home in whatever way they wish for the evening. And to enjoy the living architecture that accompanies the mortar and bricks which would have been planted when the foundations of Archer Lodge were laid.
Image: Adrian Northover
Please note that during the extensive building period for each production, the venue is not open to the public. Please check opening times before your visit. The company mount three to five productions a year which typically run for two to three weeks with nightly performances. To receive advance notice of productions and booking opportunities, please join our mailing list.
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