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Exclusive: Nick Starr and Nicholas Hytner eyeing up new theatre in London’s King’s Cross

Architect's impression of the nine-floor building that will contain the theatre Architect's impression of the nine-floor building that will contain the theatre
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A new 600-seat theatre in London’s King’s Cross is being planned.

While it has not officially been confirmed, The Stage understands that Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr’s London Theatre Company, which runs the Bridge Theatre at London Bridge, will be the operator of the venue.

Developer King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership submitted an application for the project to Camden Council today.

The theatre will be within a building also containing nine floors of flexible office space and retail space on the ground floor.

Known as P2, the building has been designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which also designed Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre and the Barbican’s art gallery, arts centre and cinemas.

Project director at King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, James Edgerley, said: “The plans for P2 are a welcome addition to the King’s Cross area – with a mix of shops, offices and a brand new theatre for London.

“These plans continue to expand the offering here at King’s Cross, which later this year will see the opening of Coal Drops Yard, a new shopping street with shops, cafes and bars. P2 and Coal Drops Yard further cement the area’s reputation as London’s newest creative quarter.”

Wade Scaramucci, associate director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, added: “Our design responds to the historic grain of the site while creating a modern structure with warehouse-like floorplates offering maximum volume and natural light, extensive external amenity, and critically, an active ground plane that fully engages with the square.” Further plans for the theatre are to be announced later this summer.

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