Soho Place to open in the West End in 2022
A new West End theatre will open for performances in autumn 2022.
After 12 years of development, a new West End theatre will open in London later this year. Soho Place, owned and operated by Nimax Theatres, will open in the autumn.
Soho Place is located adjacent to the Astoria Theatre, which closed in 2009. Soho Place is close to Tottenham Court Road station. The interior will include a curved auditorium, known as “the hug”, and can change configuration for every production. No seat will be further than six rows from the stage.
“I wanted to create a theatre which could add a different dimension to our vibrant West End landscape”, said theatre owner Nica Burns.
“I asked our greatest theatre creatives two questions: If we could build a new theatre in the heart of the West End, what would you like it to be? What additional facilities would be on your wish list? They dreamt of a flexible auditorium, perfect acoustics and audience / stage intimacy… the incredible team of engineers pulled off the greatest of structural feats, building over a major underground transport hub – a challenging place to build a theatre – achieving perfect acoustics and no vibrations”.
The Soho Place interior is inspired by Nica’s visit to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus.
“I was standing on the stage of this great ancient theatre at 8 o’clock – show time – as the last rays of a golden sun were coming through the trees and the stars were starting to twinkle in an indigo sky. It was magic. Epidaurus is one of the greatest theatres in the world and the plays of ancient Greece are still part of our theatre heritage today,” said Burns.
Details on upcoming productions at Soho Place will be announced at a later date.
The Soho Place is one of London's newest theatres. It's the second new West End theatre to open since the pandemic, following the refurbished Trafalgar Theatre in 2021. Find out more about the refurbished London theatres in recent years.
Photo credit: Soho Place (Photos by AHMM and Tim Soar)
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