The Mercury Theatre in Colchester has submitted plans for an 840-seat temporary venue to run while its main building undergoes a £9 million renovation.
Running from September to January 2020, Mercury at Abbey Field will be a circus tent-style structure, that will have an onsite bar, front-of-house area and toilet facilities, and will be fully accessible and heated.
One of the first productions in the pop-up venue will be Oliver! in association with Colchester Operatic Society, which will run from September 27 to October 12.
The Mercury has also announced that Cinderella will run at the venue from November 30 to January 5, 2020. Further programming is to be announced.
Steve Mannix, executive director at the Mercury Theatre, said: “This is an ambitious venture for the Mercury and we are grateful to Colchester Borough Council and Arts Council England who have been supportive of our plans.
“The temporary venue will allow us to continue to engage our audiences while our capital project is completed.
“It will be a truly unique space and we are excited by the opportunities we have to add larger scale productions and new artists to our programme.”
The main theatre will close at the end of May as renovation works, that have already begun, continue. They include a revamp of the venue’s foyer, a new creative learning department and studio, and an increase of the capacity of the main auditorium by 40 seats.
The new facilities will open to the public in mid-2020.