News: Olympia gets more theatrical

Delighted to see that the proposed plans for the renovation and rebirth of the 14 acre Olympia exhibition complex to the West of London include two new theatres, welcome for an area somewhat under-represented in the theatre stakes. Nothing as yet about their size, scale or ambition, but let’s all welcome any new addition to London theatre scene. With the loss of Earls Court, the successful revitalisation of Olympia is so much more important, not least to remind the world that the UK is still one of the greatest hosts in the world.

UPDATE on 10 February. Arts spaces will apparently comprise a 1500-seat theatre and a 1000-seat performance hall. The whole scheme is scheduled for completion in 2023 and expected to attract 8.4 million visitors annually, useful footfall for two large performance spaces. I am sure that we all look forward to seeing the bricks and mortar reality of the Thomas Heatherwick Company scheme.

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