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In pictures: New 230-seat Croydon theatre designs

Architect's impressions of the Barn Community Arts Theatre in Croydon
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Organisers behind a new theatre in Croydon have revealed architects impressions of the venue.

The multi-purpose venue – which has been named the Barn Community Arts Theatre – will house a 230-seat main auditorium and a flexible studio space, as well as a bar and office spaces.

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Currently a disused warehouse, the finished theatre will feature a glass-panelled entrance. Building work is due to start in September, with the theatre expected to launch in March next year.

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The warehouse in its current state. Photo: Excell Pro

The venue will host touring theatre and in-house productions, with a focus on British work. It will also programme live music and spoken word events, and will be available for theatre companies to hire as a rehearsal space.

As reported by The Stage, the company founding the theatre, called the Doxa Partnership, submitted plans for the venue to the local council in September last year. It received planning permission in November.

Speaking to The Stage, Doxa’s Samuel Facey said: “In 2011, after the social unrest in Croydon… we felt an urgency to get back to our original roots, and develop something around the creative arts that could be beneficial to the youth in our community”.

He added: “The long-term aim for the venue is that it will become part of the national fringe theatre touring circuit that will help producers like ourselves test economic viability, and bring to the stage innovative, inspirational material.”

The theatre has so far been funded through private investment. Though Doxa Partnership is seeking public funding to aid the project, it hopes to run the venue as an independent commercial theatre similar to the Park Theatre in north London.

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