Since we started almost 30 years ago, we’ve occupied a series of temporary spaces: an electrical warehouse on Southwark Bridge Road; beneath the atmospheric arches of London Bridge Station; and in an old car workshop on Newington Causeway. It’s been fun, but now we’re yearning for a bit more security.
Over the next 5 years, with the invaluable support of Southwark Council, we’ll be opening two purpose built venues in the borough. The first will open in 2022 in Elephant and Castle and the second, pending its planning decision, will open in 2025 in London Bridge.
We have secured long leases and affordable rents on both buildings, offering us security and logevity for the future. Facilities across both venues we offer: three theatre spaces ranging from 150 to 300 seats, a rehearsal/workshop space and a dedicated youth and community space.
At long last, we’ll be able to firmly plant our roots in this amazing and vibrant borough that we call home; we’ll be able to showcase even more work by the best new and emerging theatre artists and practitioners; and offer even more opportunities for local people to discover and participate in theatre and the arts.
15 years in the making, surviving the credit crunch, brexit and lockdowns, our new venue at Dante Place, five minutes from our current venue, will open in 2022 (fingers crossed).
Our planned move back to London Bridge is due to happen in 2025. A purpose built zero-carbon theatre that will give us much needed capacity, critical to ensuring the future of our organisation. But only if it gets planning permission…