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Bloomsbury Theatre to gain new studio venue under main stage

A mock up of the entrance area of Bloombury Theatre's new studio
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Bloomsbury Theatre in London is to open a new studio space that can seat up to 110 people and is aimed at offering theatre companies an affordable alternative to the venue’s main stage.

The studio theatre – located directly under the main stage – will host a mixture of theatre, film and performance, and has undergone soundproofing to ensure it can be used at the same time as the main theatre.

Peter Cadley, Bloomsbury Theatre’s director, said the “flexible” space would provide companies with an alternative to hiring the theatre’s main stage.

He explained: “There are lots of people coming to us with very inventive and exciting stuff, but we knew that financially it wouldn’t be ideal for them, because it’s quite hard to sell 500 seats.”

Bloomsbury Theatre is part-funded by University College London. The new studio will host collaborations between UCL scientists and the theatre, in an attempt to help audiences understand the university’s research.

Cadley added that he hoped the studio would stage in-house productions in the near future.

Bloomsbury Theatre was closed between July and September this year for a refurbishment, which has seen the installation
of improved technical equipment, a new bar, and new seating – bringing the main auditorium’s capacity up to 547.

The studio will open to the public in March next year.

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