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Pop-up King’s Cross Theatre to be taken down in 2017

King's Cross Theatre. Photo: Graham Michael
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Managers of the King’s Cross Theatre complex are preparing to dismantle its north London spaces next year, after Google confirmed plans to build a new headquarters on the site.

The site currently comprises three spaces – one that houses The Railway Children and In the Heights, and a further two, where Lazarus and the Donmar Warehouse’s Shakespeare trilogy are based.

Google announced last month that it would begin work on a new purpose-built building on land currently occupied by the theatre spaces.

Tristan Baker, who co-runs the King’s Cross Theatre, told The Stage that he was working towards vacating the site by the middle of next year. However, he stressed that Google had been talking about building on the land for some time, and that the date was changeable, depending on the internet giant’s schedules.

“It’s business as usual knowing there is an end in sight and that next year it will come down,” he said.

He said The Railway Children and In the Heights were both booking to January 8, 2017, with Lazarus closing on January 22, 2017 and the Donmar’s shows ending on December 19.

“At the moment there is no confirmed date to take down any of the three spaces. The shows may continue and extend. But we have also been actively speaking to other producers about things for the first part of next year,” he said.

Baker added that he would explore other temporary spaces on another site once the King’s Cross site is vacated.

“We have been doing this for two years now and we have a great team and all the infrastructure and knowledge, For us, it’s not the building of the site, it’s the space. Give us a space and we will build you a theatre. That’s the bit we can do,” he said.

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