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It struck us some time ago that, while London is fortunate in its heritage of Victorian and Edwardian theatres, relatively few new theatres of scale have been built in London in the last hundred years.
So it feels like the time is right for a new theatre that answers the needs of contemporary audiences and theatre-makers, and will be the home to our new company.
We’re going to make shows that are both challenging and popular. We know there’s a large audience which responds to new work that is ambitious and stimulating; and the more adventurous it is, the more popular it turns out to be.
With our friends Steve Tompkins and Roger Watts of Haworth Tompkins Architects (winner of last year’s Stirling Prize) we’ve been looking for the kind of space, in the kind of location, that could galvanise audiences, playwrights, directors and actors.
A few months ago, we found the vast and exciting empty space at the heart of Berkeley’s One Tower Bridge development overlooking Tower Bridge and the river. It’s a space big enough to house an entirely new kind of flexible 900-seat theatre which Steve and Roger have conceived.
This will be our flagship, opening in autumn 2017 –the only central London commercial theatre of scale not in the historic West End. It will offer theatre-makers the kind of environment that will provoke from them adventurous new work, and it will offer to audiences modern standards of comfort, leg-room and facilities.
We’re already working with playwrights and directors on a programme that will be predominantly new but will include, on occasion, a re-invention of a great work from the past.
With Haworth Tompkins, we’re actively exploring other venues and hope over the next few years to be able to open a number of new independent theatres, of different scales but operating on similar principles.
If you’d like to be kept in touch with our plans and productions as they develop, we’d be delighted. Just give us your name and email. (And if you’d like also to send us a message, we’d be even happier to respond.)
Founders, London Theatre Company
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