Caryl Churchill Theatre
The Studio Theatre was built in 1981 as a temporary stopgap before a more permanent solution could be found to house the Department’s performance work. We have taught, learned, worked and performed in that temporary building for over 30 years. But now it is coming to an end and on the site of the old Studio we are building a new Theatre.
Designed by renowned theatre architects Foster Wilson, the new Theatre is much larger than the old building, seating around 175 audience members on two levels, with a third for technical operation. It will be as flexible as the old Studio, but unlike the old black box, has a warm and inviting brickwork aesthetic, long windows to let in natural light, a handsome glazed-brick exterior and the whole theatre will be fully accessible at all levels.
In addition the new theatre complex will involve creating a new technical workshop area, two large, airy rehearsal/teaching spaces, and – finally! – a proper foyer to welcome guests and visitors to the theatre.
The demolition of the Studio and the building of the Theatre took place throughout 2012 and the Caryl Churchill Theatre, named after the world-renowned playwright, is due to open in Spring 2013. We look forward to welcoming you.
February 2012: Farewell to the Studio Event