Temporary Theatre to close

London theatre news: Wednesday 20 April 2016

Closing - National Theatre - Theatres

The red wooden box with what look like four chimneys - otherwise known as the National's Temporary Theatre - which currently resides in Theatre Square, is heading for closure with the final performance on Saturday 7 May 2016.

National Theatre complex on London's Southbank.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015

The National's Temporary Theatre is a 225 seat auditorium constructed of raw steel and plywood which currently occupies prime position in Theatre Square right in front of the main building on London's South Bank.

It was initially designed as a one year project and launched in 2013.

Over the past 3 years the theatre has staged 32 plays and has entertained over 150,000 audience members during that time.

The building itself has won numerous and prestigious design awards including Blueprint Best Sustainable Project Award and RIBA's London Regional Award, and in 2013 it won the Peter Brook Empty Space Award for Best Theatre.

During its short, temporary, life it has seen 91% capacity audiences with over one third of them under the age of 35.

The current show - Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State - will be the last at the theatre, with the final performance on 7 May 2016.

Temporary Theatre: A Celebration

On 4 May at 6-15pm there will be a platform where NT Director Rufus Norris and Deputy Artistic Director Ben Power, and writer and actor Michaela Coel (Home, Chewing Gum Dreams, Blurred Lines) will be among the guests looking back on the ground-breaking, challenging and unexpected productions in the iconic red box since 2013, and the National’s plans for continuing this work in the future.

The event will be chaired by Matt Trueman and is free - though booking is required.

The platform will last for 45 minutes.


National Theatre

Temporary Theatre: A Celebration

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