A former munitions factory will become a 4,000-seat performance venue. There will also be a small 450-seat theatre and a 600-seat open-air courtyard theatre. Rehearsal space will be provided for both individual artists and theatre companies.
In total the new arts facilities will cover almost 160,000sq ft. Once the buildings are renovated Greenwich intends to set up a trust to run the venues and says it is already negotiating with theatre, dance, music and performance companies.
Planning permission for phase one, covering restoration work and pop-up theatres, was granted this summer.
“A number of international arts and performance companies are looking to make the Woolwich Creative District their new home and discussions are under way for an exciting place-making show to launch the site in 2019,” said a spokesman.
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