Opening in the Autumn, a new theatre will emerge in the Ladbroke Grove area of West London in a converted bus depot.
The new theatre will officially open its doors to audiences in October, with Anthony Biggs (former Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre) and Peter Tate (founder of The Playground Theatre, actor and producer) being co-Artistic Directors.
This new venue will see the Playground build on its history of supporting artists to create their theatrical visions by continuing to present work that is bold and creative while working with new and established artists.
Designed by Jonathan Mizzi Studio with a restoration and conversion budget of £270,000, the theatre will be able to accommodate a seating capacity of between 150-200 with a flexible stage, a full lighting rig, a state of the art sound system and two dressing rooms.
Already the theatre has gained the support of some well known names including actors Celia Imrie and Cherie Lunghi and the great ballerina Lyn Seymour as patrons.
The opening season for the theatre will be announced later in the Spring.
Talking about the news Peter Tate said: “To create this theatre physically is one thing, but what happens beyond the 18th century theatre entrance doors is another. That is the challenge- to create work of a high quality that engages the audience.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Biggs also said: “The Playground is such a creative space and I’m thrilled to be joining it on the next stage on its journey. It has the potential to be the Almeida of West London – a place where our artists are encouraged to take risks, where our audiences are both challenged and entertained.”
For more information about the theatre visit: http://the-playground.co.uk/