Paul Taylor-Mills to open new Turbine Theatre at Battersea Power Station redevelopment
Paul Taylor-Mills is set to open a new venue, the Turbine Theatre, as part of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which will have a focus on new work and reviving classics for a contemporary audience.
The venue 200-seat theatre will be dedicated to generating new work, re-energising classics and powering the imagination. The venue will be located at Circus West Village on the banks of the River Thames, as part of redevelopment works to Battersea Power Station.
It will be led by Paul Taylor-Mills as artistic director, who has previously been the artistic director at The Other Palace. His recent production credits include Heathers the Musical and The Wild Party at The Other Palace, and Side Show, In The Heights and Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse.
Ahead of the Turbine's official pening, Paul Taylor-Mills said: “I’m elated to be launching a brand new theatre at the iconic Battersea Power Station. The vision is a simple one, to enable world class artists to tell stories that enchant at the Turbine Theatre and eventually play beyond our London home”.
The Turbine Theatre’s inaugural season will open with Torch Song. Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-Award winning play follows Arnold Beckoff, a drag queen as he searches for true love in 1970s Manhattan.
Torch Song will be at the Turbine Theatre from 22nd August to 13th October. The cast will star Matthew Needham as Arnold, Rish Shah as Alan, Daisy Boulton as Laurel and Dino Fetscher as Ed, with further casting to be announced.
Torch Song will be directed by Drew McOnie, with previous creative credits including Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre, On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the Broadway premiere of King Kong. The creative team will feature design by Ryan Laight, lighting by James Whiteside and sound by Seb Frost.
Other productions to be performed as part of the Turbine Theatre’s inaugural season are to be announced.