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New Ovalhouse venue given £3m cash injection

Architect's image for Ovalhouse's new home in Brixton. Photo: Picture Plane Ltd Architect's image for Ovalhouse's new home in Brixton. Photo: Picture Plane Ltd
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London’s Ovalhouse has received a grant of £3 million from Arts Council England ahead of its move to a new purpose-built venue in Brixton.

The venue, currently based in Oval, south London, will also receive £475,527 annually for the next four years as part of the Arts Council’s national portfolio.

Aiming to open in 2019, the new building, which has been designed by Foster Wilson Architects, will have two studio theatres and seven rehearsal studios. It will be fully accessible to disabled users.

Ovalhouse director Deborah Bestwick said: “We have always known that this is an ambitious project – to build a new theatre in hard times – but we look at the work of our artists and know that we are investing in the future. This grant unlocks that future.”

The move was announced in 2015 and is being supported by artists whose careers started at the venue, including actors Pierce Brosnan and Sanjeev Bhaskar, and directors Jenny Sealey and Paulette Randall.

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