Scaffolding building our new temporary theatre - named The Goose Nest

Warwick Arts Centre’s temporary theatre build begins

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Construction work has begun on Warwick Arts Centre’s temporary theatre – The Goose Nest – this week (14th August 2017).

The new 280 seater auditorium will be open for nine months, from October 2017 – June 2018, whilst Warwick Arts Centre’s Theatre and Studio spaces are refreshed and renovated as part of the venue’s 20:20 project. The three year development will see the venue go through some major changes and improvements to the building, parts of which date back to 1974.

The Goose Nest will be a hub for both professional and student–led performance over the coming nine months. The official opening of the theatre will take place on Sat 7 Oct with the Bite Size Festival – a showcase for innovative and intrepid Midlands’ theatre making.

Throughout the Autumn season comedians including Danny Bhoy and Phill Jupitus; theatre and dance productions including Rita, Sue and Bob Too, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Leviathan; and students shows from the Drama Collective Festival and Warwick University Drama Society (WUDS) will all take to The Goose Nest stage.

Warwick Arts Centre’s Operations Director, Andrea Pulford said: “Since opening in 1974, Warwick Arts Centre has continued to change and develop to ensure that we offer the best performance spaces for our artists and the best experiences for our audiences. However, vital updates are needed for some of the building. Whilst upgrading these areas we did not want to compromise on the programme we offer our audiences, or the support we give to student societies. The Goose Nest will allow us to continue our commitment to nurturing the creativity and talent of young performers on campus, as well as running a normal programme of events, during this period. We hope that artists, audiences and the student community will all enjoy The Goose Nest over the next few months and, like us, see the temporary theatre and the redevelopment as another step in an exciting journey for Warwick Arts Centre.”

The Goose Nest name was chosen by University of Warwick students through a vote hosted by the university’s Student Union. It will officially open on Saturday 7th Oct 2017. Warwick Arts Centre will remain open throughout the 3 year 20:20 project and a full programme of events will continue throughout the building. The Theatre and Studio spaces will re-open in June 2018 and a second phase of redevelopment will begin in October 2018. For further news and information, please click here

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