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Nuffield to run Southampton’s new performing arts centre

Southampton's proposed new arts complex Southampton's proposed new arts complex
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Southampton’s Nuffield has been named the operating company of a performing arts venue that will be part of the city’s £22 million new arts complex.

The theatre company will lead both the programme and strategy for the performing arts in the city centre complex, which will include theatre, comedy, spoken word and music.

Due to open in 2016, the as yet unnamed building will house a flexible 447-seat theatre, as well as a 135-seat studio, rehearsal and workshop spaces, screening rooms and a restaurant.

Nuffield will programme all work in the building, alongside work at its existing home on the University of Southampton’s Highfield campus.

Artistic director Sam Hodges said he wanted to create a vibrant and accessible building that would champion “development, creativity and innovation”.

He continued: “The new flexible space will open up exciting possibilities for us, allowing us to maintain our focus on supporting the development of the country’s best mid-career theatre designers and directors, while the studio space and other workshop spaces will form the bedrock of our artistic development and community engagement programmes.

“Nuffield will continue its commitment to making work with a bold, distinctive aesthetic, investing in the support of regional talent but ensuring that it remains connected to the national and international artistic landscape,” he added.

The new arts complex, based in Guildhall Square in the city centre, is part of a wider £40 million project that will also see the construction of 38 luxury apartments and retail units – completing the development of Southampton’s cultural quarter.

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