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Mountview submits plans for 200-seat theatre at new Peckham base

An architect's impression of Mountview's new Peckham site An architect's impression of Mountview's new Peckham site
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Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has submitted plans for a 200-seat performance space as part of its new south London home, giving the school its first on-site theatre.

The drama school’s new premises will also include an 80-seat studio space. Productions are currently staged externally at a range of London theatres, however the new premises will allow Mountview to stage work at its home as well as elsewhere.

Two further studios also feature on the planning application, which also includes 22 teaching studios, music practice rooms, two TV studios and a radio suite.

All the facilities will be used by Mountview’s 400 students, while the new building will also create rehearsal space available to hire and offer performance classes for young people and adults.

With move from Wood Green, north London, to Peckham all of Mountview’s teaching will be brought under one roof – it is currently segregated across a split site.

Mountview chairman Vikki Heywood described the plans as “truly innovative”.

She added: “World-class facilities will enable our local, national and international students to excel, working with leading industry professionals.”

Plans have been submitted to Southwark Council, with a decision expected in mid-September. If successful, work will begin in November and the new building is due to open in September 2018.

The Peckham plans follow a proposed move to Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey, which was abandoned in January 2015.

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