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Plans for new theatre in south London given the green light

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Plans for a new theatre in south London have been given the go ahead after receiving unanimous support from local councillors.

The new venue will replace the existing Theatre Peckham in Camberwell, south London.

It forms part of a wider redevelopment of the former Southwark Town Hall, which is next door to the existing theatre.

The new theatre will include a modern auditorium as well as rehearsal and studio spaces.

Initially, student accommodation company Alumno Developments proposed to refurbish the existing theatre and provide it with new studios as part of its works.

However, the company resubmitted plans in October for a completely new theatre on the site, which will be able to seat 200 people, up from 158.

These were approved by Southwark Council on December 17, and work on the site will now begin early next year. It is anticipated that the theatre will be completed by the end of 2015.

Theatre Peckham artistic director Teresa Early claimed the theatre would be the “first brand-new public theatre space in south London for quite a time”.

“No need to say we are delighted that Southwark Council has come down in favour of Alumno Developments’ arts-based scheme on the old town hall site. We are especially thrilled at being able to bring the first new purpose built theatre into Peckham and Camberwell  for what is probably a century or more,” she added.

Earlier this month, actor Jude Law gave his support to the development.

He said he had links to the Camberwell area and added: “This will extend further the emerging and notable artistic and creativity community within this part of south London.”

Theatre Peckham has been at its existing premises since 1991. Its patrons include Ian McKellen and Jenny Agutter.

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