Riverside Studios in west London is set to reopen following a five-year redevelopment, which includes two theatres, television studios and a cinema.
The reopening will be carried out in phases, with the first giving members of the public access to new cafe and brasserie, opening this week.
The venue will begin its theatre programming from January, opening its 200-seat Studio 3 space with Persona, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s “psychological thriller” film of the same name.
It is adapted and directed by Paul Schoolman and stars Alice Krige and Nobuhle Ketelo.
Following Persona will be Love, Loss and Chianti, from February 25 to May 16, starring Robert Bathurst and Rebecca Johnson. This will be paired with A Scattering and The Song of Lunch, both by Christopher Reid.
Other performances for Studio 3 include Liza Pulman Sings Streisand.
Its other theatre space, Studio 2, will open in March next year. The space will be programmed by Emily Dobbs, who previously staged productions in Found111. Dobbs will work with Riverside Studios to curate a year-long season.
Studio 1, opening this year, will be a television studio run by Riverside TV Studios Ltd that will produce “broadcasts for local and international audiences”.
The venue also has multiple rehearsal rooms and event spaces, along with restaurants and bars.
All of the performance areas are digitally enabled and connected to a central control room, making it possible to either record or transmit live work from the building to a wider audience
Artistic director William Burdett-Coutts said: “To see Riverside Studios reopen its doors to the public is the culmination of a dream. While the old building held an extremely fond place in the hearts of people across the arts, television and film worlds it had all the benefits and problems of a ‘found space’.
He added: “The artists that have passed through the building are legendary and we look forward to welcoming many more in future and making this a place the public feel they can enjoy and cherish.”
The venue is part of a residential development led by London developers Mount Anvil and A2Dominion.