Redevelopment project at CPT

London theatre news: Monday 4 November 2019

Capital development - Theatres

Camden People's Theatre today announced plans to redevelop their performance and rehearsal spaces as well as transform their foyer for the first time in its 25 year history.
Exterior view of Camden  People's Theatre

Image courtesy Camden People's Theatre

Camden People's Theatre is destined to get a makeover - with the venue announcing today that they have secured funding from Arts Council England to redevelop their performance and rehearsal spaces and transform the foyer.

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary year, Camden People's Theatre's is one of London's most influential studio theatre spaces.

In their proposed ambitious plans, the venue will see widespread improvements in accessibility, resilience and sustainability as well as opening a new community café with a vastly improved on street presence which will reimagine CPT as a civic space open day and night.

Improved facilities in the theatre and rehearsal space are set to better serve the 300+ theatre makers that pass through their doors every year.

Redevelopment works are scheduled to begin in summer 2020 and will require a brief closure of the building.

Proposed exterior Camden People's Theatre

Image courtesy Camden People's Theatre

Alongside architects De Matos Ryan, CPT have led a co-design process with local groups in the community, including CPT's youth theatre participants, as well as conversations with artists and audiences.

The proposed development will enhance the existing performance space to improve lines of sight, increase capacity and address ongoing sound bleed issues from Hampstead Road and adjacent public and rehearsal room to unlock concurrent use of all spaces.

CPT's capital project is also the lynchpin for two significant development proposals for the area.

First, it compliments Euston Town's (BID) ambitions to reinvigorate Drummond Street and secure the survival of a community that's faced with an uncertain future due to HS2 and the associated building works.

Secondly, supporting the Ostro Fayre Share Foundation's plan to develop the upper three floors of the building into shared workspace for entrepreneurs and inter-faith groups known as C-Hub, which, in partnership with CPT, will give 58-60 Hampstead Road a much-needed new lease of life.

Overall, the redvelopment project ensures the continuing - and thriving - presence of an alternative, radical, community focused theatre in the centre of London and an area directly under threat from developers.

With the outcome of other fundraising applications still to come, CPT is actively seeking donations towards their development plans, including an upcoming birthday gala on 12th November with exclusive performances from artists including Sh!t Theatre.

If you'd like to help CPT, you can make a donation here.

Executive director Kaya Stanley-Money said ...

"This is an extraordinary moment in CPT's history.

After 25 years, in loveable but increasingly ramshackle premises, we now have the opportunity to transform our spaces and unlock the full capacity of this unique building.

Our vision has CPT's artists, audiences and local people at its heart and the co-design process undertaken over the last few months will bring into being a space that's accessible, inclusive and reflective of the diverse community we serve.

With the support of Arts Council England, CPT will significantly improve its capacity to host, support and make extraordinary theatre and to work with our local community in a wide range of ways.

This project will bring the flexibility essential to a truly sustainable organisation and ensure that we can continue to grow and evolve for another 25 years and beyond.

It is, in short, the best birthday present we could have wished for."

Chair of the Board Kate McGrath commented ...

"Myself and my fellow trustees are thrilled by the news that Camden People's Theatre is to be supported by Arts Council England in a major upgrade of its west Euston premises.

This richly deserved support is just what the organisation needs, at just the right moment to capitalise on a record of extraordinary success and ensure another quarter-century of essential work - for CPT's community and for UK theatre - on the corner of Hampstead Road and Drummond Street.

We look forward to supporting Kaya, Brian and their team to make CPT an even more welcoming, inclusive and high-functioning space for its artists, audiences and community than it's ever been before." 

Night Czar and CPT alumni Amy Lamé added ...

"This is great news for Camden People's Theatre.

For 25 years this inspiring theatre has played a key role in developing talent and entertaining the community, and this transformation will help even more Londoners benefit."

Founded 25 years ago, Camden People's Theatre is one of Britain's most influential studio theatres.

Its mission is to champion different ways of thinking about the world by supporting emerging artists making adventurous theatre - particularly about issues that matter to people now.

The venue's work is rooted in the communities of Camden and London.

Through it, they celebrate the bold, the spirited and the unconventional.


Camden People's Theatre

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