There are big things ahead for Twickenham’s new theatre and community building, says its creative director.

The Exchange in London Road has been open for a little more than six months and has already played host to events by historian David Starkey, scientists Helen Czerski and Robert Winston, author Kathy Lette and Jason Manford and his comedy club.

The building has a 300 seat theatre, five studio rooms, a cafe and a bar, and its creative director, Stuart Hobday says the best is yet to come.

“The Exchange is developing nicely as a theatre and as a community resource,"he said.

"We have had a great reception to the shows we have done so far and this autumn programme sees us attracting a great line up of well-known performers and a developing programme of theatre and film.

"In the background we are also hosting regular showcases of local young people in performing and visual arts as well as hosting many workshops and meetings in our studio rooms."

Already announced as future acts include Ruby Wax (September 27), broadcaster and former politician Michael Portillo (October 20), comedian Robin Ince (October 18), guitarist Martin Simpson (October 11) and TV star Rory Bremner, (November) 21 who will be performing alongside fellow impressionist Jan Ravens.

Located within the residential Brewery Wharf development, just opposite Twickenham station, the project is a result of a partnership between Richmond Council, the site owners, and St Mary’s University who operate the venue.

When the £5m arts centre first opened, Mr Hobday talked about how important it would be to the community.

“As well as a rich programme of music, theatre, talks and family shows we are providing new spaces for people in the borough," he said.

“I’m also personally thrilled to be back in the area."

The five studios and the theatre are available for hire by community groups, organisations, businesses and individuals for everything from classes, courses and meetings to conferences and parties.