Southampton’s NST Campus theatre is to close for about two years for a major refurbishment.
The 510-capacity venue, formerly known as the Nuffield Theatre, will go dark from April 19, 2020.
This will allow preliminary work and site investigations to take place, ahead of detailed plans being drawn up.
Until then, Nuffield Southampton Theatres will continue to run a full programme at the venue, which is based on the University of Southampton’s campus.
NST has said this is the “most comprehensive renovation of the campus theatre” since it opened more than 50 years ago.
Sam Hodges, artistic director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, said: “We are delighted to be working with the university on the comprehensive refurbishment of its campus theatre. This collaboration heralds a new and ambitious future for both the cultural offer in the city and the relationship between Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the University of Southampton.”
Thee University of Southampton’s associate director for arts and culture Louise Coysh said: “The university has invested significantly in the Nuffield Theatre over the years and in the producing theatre company that has run the venue.
“We look forward to working with Nuffield Southampton Theatres as we plan the refurbishment of this important campus landmark.”
NST will continue to present a full programme of work at its city centre venue NST City.
Further details of the refurbishment will be announced when the plans have been fully developed.