Building work has started on a £3.5m theatre for Drama

Posted on 27/03/2012
Artwork of the designs for the new Studio Theatre

Builders have demolished the ageing Studio Theatre at Royal Holloway, to make way for a new multi-million pound project.

The old theatre built in 1981 for £50,000 is where actor Mark Strong and musician KT Tunstall both trained, and it had fallen into rapid structural decline.

The new building, designed by Architects to offer an intimate and flexible space, will be linked by a glass foyer to the Regency style Sutherland House, featuring a curved gallery overlooking a central space that can be configured in different ways.

Dan Rebellato, Head of Drama and Theatre, said the old building left a wealth of memories and a thriving department after 30 years of use.

He said: "We're sad to see the old place go, but all those triumphs are nothing to the extraordinary possibilities that will be opened up by our new theatre, opening in 2013."

For all of the latest information on the new theatre project, visit the Drama and Theatre Department website.

The construction of the new theatre featured on the BBC website in March at:

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