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Bishop’s Stortford unveils plans for new 500-seat theatre

Artist's impression of the proposed new 500-seat theatre in Bishop's Stortford Artist's impression of the proposed new 500-seat theatre in Bishop's Stortford. Photo: East Herts Council
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Plans for a 500-seat theatre in Bishop’s Stortford have been published as part of a bid to increase arts and culture provision in the Hertfordshire town.

The theatre would be housed within an arts centre, which would also include a cinema and a cafe.

East Herts Council revealed its proposals for Old River Lane in Bishop’s Stortford after commissioning a “framework” of suggestions to transform the town. Plans were then opened up to public consultation.

Several respondents to the framework said that the existing Rhodes Arts Complex, an arts centre that includes a 300-seat theatre, was too far out of town. The Rhodes centre may be relocated to the new town-centre site.

John Wyllie, a councillor for Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, said: “Arts and leisure, in particular, are something that our residents care about, so it is important that we look to grow and improve this offering as we move forward. We will continue to meet with the council to get the best solution for the town.”

The proposals will be discussed by the East Herts Council executive this week and, if approved, will then go to full council on December 13.

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