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Jude Law backs plans for new south London theatre

Jude Law in Henry V. Photo: Johan Persson.
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Jude Law is backing a proposal to build a new theatre in south London.

The actor is lending his support to plans to completely rebuild Theatre Peckham as part of a wider redevelopment of the former Southwark Town Hall, near Camberwell.

As part of its plans for the site, student accommodation company Alumno Developments is proposing to replace the existing theatre with a new building that would include a modern auditorium, as well as a new studio and rehearsal spaces.

Law said he had links to the Camberwell area, and added: “I was delighted to learn of Alumno’s plans to not only develop the site for student accommodation and artists’ studios, but also the plan to include Theatre Peckham in the proposals to develop Southwark Town Hall. This will extend further the emerging and notable artistic and creative community within this part of south London.”

Theatre Peckham artistic director Teresa Early said the plans would allow the venue to “extend our work in the community and guarantee our long-term prospects.”

Southwark Council will make a decision on the proposals on December 17. However, council officers are understood to have recommended approval of the plans.

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