Plans have been announced for a new 1,100-seat theatre at London’s Royal Docks, which will house a Dutch musical set during the Second World War.
The venue is being purpose built by Dutch production company NEW Productions, which is behind Soldier of Orange – The Musical.
Subject to planning permission, NEW Productions aims to start building the theatre by the end of 2019, ahead of a planned UK opening in 2020.
The theatre will use “revolutionary theatre technology”, which will see 1,100-seat audience seated on a revolving platform surrounded by a “360-degree set”, on which the actors will perform.
NEW productions said the staging, called SceneAround, had been created especially for this production and has not been seen in the UK before.
Soldier of Orange – The Musical is based on the autobiography of Dutch resistance fighter and RAF Second World War pilot Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema.
It has a book by Edwin de Vries and music and lyrics by Tom Harriman and Pamela Phillips Oland. It has been adapted into English for this production by Jeremy Brock.
The show originated in 2010, in a purpose-built theatre at a former military base near Amsterdam.
Fred Boot of NEW Productions said: “We are looking forward to sharing this universal story of a group of friends, forced by war to make life-changing choices.
“It is a celebration of the time that the Allies came together to fight for our freedom and democracy.”