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National Theatre to rename Shed space after licence expires

The National Theatre. Photo: Philip Vile.
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The National Theatre is to rename its temporary performance space after a licence to use its previous name – the Shed – expired.

As reported by the Stage last month, the 225-seat space will remain open until 2017 after Lambeth Council approved a planning application.

It was originally due to close early in 2014, when the refurbishment of the Cottesloe – now the Dorfman Theatre – was expected to be completed. However, this has been delayed until autumn this year.

A spokeswoman told The Stage that the temporary Shed space was being renamed as the theatre only had a licence to use the name for a year. She said there was a small performance space in Yorkshire that already used that name and that the NT’s space was now being referred to as the “temporary theatre”.

“There will be a break in the programme while we open the Dorfman Theatre, so for the next few months we’re just referring to it as ‘the temporary theatre’, then we’ll re-launch the theatre for its extended life until March 2017,” she said.

David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face is currently playing in the temporary theatre. It will be followed by Polly Stenham’s Hotel.