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Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr confirm expansion with opening of new King’s Cross theatre

Artist's impression of the new theatre in King's Cross
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Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr have confirmed they will open their second new theatre in London, a 600-seat venue in King’s Cross.

Hytner and Starr’s London Theatre Company was revealed by The Stage last year as the future operator of the planned new theatre. This has now been officially announced, with the pair setting out their proposals for the space in more detail.

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

The as-yet-unnamed theatre, which will be part of a larger mixed-use development, will be the sister venue of the London Theatre Company’s Bridge Theatre.

The former National Theatre bosses launched the Bridge, their first commercial venture, in London Bridge in 2017.

Designed by Haworth Tompkins, the new King’s Cross theatre will house a 600-seat flexible auditorium, which will be able to facilitate a “streamlined transformation between formats” and stage a mixture of new commissions and classics.

In a joint statement, Hytner and Starr said: “We’ve been delighted with the welcome the Bridge has received, and with the intimacy, comfort and adaptability of Haworth Tompkins and Tait’s auditorium.

“We’re looking forward to joining the vibrant King’s Cross neighbourhood in a few years’ time.”

The London Theatre Company is partnering on the plans with developer the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.

Construction is already in progress, and the theatre is due to open at the end of 2021.

The theatre will be part of a larger building, P2, which will also include nine floors of office space and be home to Facebook. Designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, it will also include retail space, while the theatre will run an all-day cafe and bar in its foyer.

KCCLP project director James Edgerley added: “We’ve been busy working with the London Theatre Company on this joint proposal as the building’s design has evolved and we are excited to bring forward a high-quality theatre at the heart of King’s Cross. This will help further our vision of N1C as London’s creative quarter, where there will be plenty more new openings in the years to come. We can’t wait for the first performance.”

The London Theatre Company is the latest operator to develop performing arts space in the area. It follows the pop-up King’s Cross Theatre, which played host to productions including The Railway Children, In the Heights and David Bowie musical Lazarus between 2014 and 2016.

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The Donmar Warehouse also constructed a temporary venue next to King’s Cross station in 2016, where it staged its all-female Shakespeare trilogy.

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