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Sheffield pop-up theatre to move from former Woolworths to old Mothercare store

Theatre Delicatessen's new home in Sheffield, formerly the site of a Mothercare store Theatre Delicatessen's new home in Sheffield, formerly the site of a Mothercare store
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Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield has announced it is opening a new pop-up venue in a former Mothercare store.

The theatre company will be leaving its current venue, a former branch of Woolworths, on June 24 and begin the renovation of its new temporary home.

However, Theatre Delicatessen is on the lookout for a long-term home, as it will be resident at the Mothercare store only for about two years.

The organisation has launched a £150,000 fundraising campaign, which will go towards renovating the store to create a studio theatre and developing a longer-term venue.

Company Aberdeen Asset Management has leased both the new space and the previous space to Theatre Delicatessen.

The old store, which has also been used as a gym, will cost approximately £100,000 to renovate, with plans to transport much of the stage structure to a long-term venue in the future.

Co-artistic director Jessica Brewster said: “It is with a heavy heart we are leaving the old Woolworths on the Moor after a fun-filled, wonderful adventure.

“When we came to Sheffield we had no idea how long we would be here for, or that it would be transformational for our organisation. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with and help support the artistic and creative community of Sheffield, who are as passionate about the city’s creative future as they are about its incredible cultural heritage.”

Producer and programmer Sarah Sharp added: “We’re really excited about our future in Sheffield.

“It’s really wonderful that we are able to continue our relationship with Aberdeen Asset Management to expand our activities in the city while we hunt for a more permanent city centre space to call home.”

Theatre Delicatessen, which also has a venue in London, is known for taking over disused buildings and turning them into theatre spaces to develop the work of emerging artists.

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