Delfont Mackintosh Theatres is currently in the process of preparing to apply for planning application to create a new theatre in the West End, the Sondheim Theatre.
On the site of the current Ambassadors Theatre, which is the home to Stomp until it closes in January 2018, the proposed theatre would be named after legendary American composer Stephen Sondheim, whose work includes Follies, Company, West Side Story and Sunday in the Park with George.
The plan is for the theatre to be a new venue for productions emerging from the subsidised theatre sector, giving shows with an otherwise limited run a longer lease of life with extended seasons, allowing more audiences to see them. The project has received support from the likes of the National Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company. It will be the first purpose-built theatre to house subsidised productions outside of subsidised venues in the UK.
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres have proposed to remodel the theatre and raise it in height, becoming a ‘visual pair’ with the St Martin’s Theatre. A new auditorium has also been proposed, influenced by architect WGR Sprague’s original design, whilst allowing the space to remain flexible to stage productions in their original format.
Two public exhibitions have been held, and following feedback, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres re preparing a planning application to submit to Camden Council.
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