New Ovalhouse venue given £3m cash injection
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.
We need your help…
When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.
We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.
Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.