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Plans for new south London fringe theatre backed by Theatres Trust

An architectural sketch of the proposed Streatham Playhouse in south London
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The Theatres Trust has backed revised plans for a 120-seat theatre in south London designed by David Hughes Architects, the company behind north London’s Park Theatre.

Plans were initially submitted in 2010 for the theatre in Streatham Hill, but were criticised by the trust because of the venue’s low ceiling.

Developer London Square has now revealed new plans – drawn up by David Hughes – that have relocated the Streatham Playhouse from underneath a residential building to another part of the site.

The new location allows for a higher ceiling but cuts the available space for the theatre by two-thirds.

In a letter to Lambeth Council, the Theatres Trust welcomed the amended plans, adding: “The trust had significant concerns about the deficiencies of the previous version of the scheme and are pleased to see a much improved scheme that will ensure the theatre is usable, flexible, and will function properly as a performance venue.”

The trust acknowledged the reduced size of the theatre but said the plans made “effective use of the space provided”, and added that the altered location would also reduce noise concerns from neighbours.

Lambeth Council will discuss the theatre plans on March 10. Subject to planning consent, it is hoped the 18-month construction period will begin in April.

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