Reading Rep Theatre is to launch a new venue in the town, which will be the company’s first permanent home.
This will allow the organisation to continue to expand its work as the town’s only year-round professional producing theatre.
Set to open in 2020, the new arts hub will include a 158-seat theatre, a permanent education and learning centre, backstage areas, new front-of-house facilities and a cafe and bar.
The venue is being converted from a 1927 Salvation Army building, and is designed by David Hughes, the architect behind the Park Theatre in London.
Paul Stacey, artistic director of Reading Rep Theatre, said: “We are thrilled to finally be setting up a permanent home, and opening a new theatre, arts centre and cultural hub for Reading.
“Having grown up here, I am so excited to continue creating the highest quality theatre for Reading and the South East, and I am extremely grateful for the continued support of our partners and audiences.”
Stacey founded Reading Rep Theatre seven years ago with chair of the board Alan Stacey.