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National Theatre reveals closing date for Temporary Theatre

The National Theatre's Temporary Theatre has been open on the Southbank for the last three years. Photo: Ludovic Des Cognets
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The National Theatre has announced the Temporary Theatre will close its doors for good on May 13.

The 225-seat venue first opened in 2013 as a place to showcase work by new and emerging artists, and has since staged 32 plays and 764 performances.

It is currently hosting verbatim piece Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State, which will be the theatre’s final production.

National Theatre deputy artistic director Ben Power led the artistic programming of the theatre, and said it had allowed the NT to “take risks”.

“Experimentation is essential to theatre’s continuing evolution and by combining a new spirit of adventure with the NT’s renowned high standards we have attempted to meet our original vision of a space for exciting, transformative and cutting-edge work,” he explained.

The theatre has played to 91% capacity since its launch three years ago, and 34% of its audiences have been under the age of 35 – a notably larger proportion than the 22% average across all NT bookers.

A National Theatre spokesman claimed the newly refurbished Dorfman Theatre had “taken on the mantle” of staging experimental theatre.

He added this would bring the Temporary Theatre’s ethos into the NT’s permanent stages and “ensure that the diversity of work is maintained”.

A final talk at the venue will be held on May 4, where Power, director Rufus Norris and performer Michaela Coel will discuss the theatre’s legacy.

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