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Southwark Playhouse campaigns to stay within the new London Bridge station

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Southwark Playhouse is being forced to leave its home to make way for the London Bridge station redevelopment.

The venue, which is housed in the vaults beneath the station, will have to vacate in December 2012 to make way for the redevelopment. The building project will allow London Bridge station to cope with increased capacity and the Thameslink line.

Network Rail does not plan to incorporate the theatre into the new station when it is completed in 2018.

However, Southwark Playhouse has released a statement saying it hopes to mount a campaign to persuade the rail company to add it to its plans.

It reads: “We’re looking to move to one of several exciting spaces in 2013 but it is likely that they will only be available on short term leases. We believe that the new station will offer us a brilliant opportunity to secure a long-term home for the theatre once the development has been completed so we’re trying to get everyone on board to convince Network Rail that Southwark Playhouse will be a great benefit to the new station and the surrounding community.

“Network Rail has no plans to reincorporate the venue in to the new station which completes in 2018 – despite there being loads of ancillary and ‘A’ use retail space that has no impact on the good running of the railway.”

For more on this story, see next week’s print edition of The Stage.

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