Theatre Royal Stratford East announces public consultation for its new arts venue in Stratford’s Cultural Quarter.
Theatre Royal Stratford East’s public consultation for The Red Crate, runs from Thursday 6th November to Friday 12th December 2014. The consultation will provide a wide range of ways for people to find out more about the project, contribute their ideas and give their opinions about The Red Crate plans
The Red Crate, a sister building to the National Theatre’s temporary theatre, is planned to open in 2015-16. Designed by award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins, The Red Crate will be in place for an intended period of 10 years
The Red Crate, a striking 220-seat eco-theatre building, will be situated in Stratford’s Cultural Quarter and adjoin a new café/ bar in the adjacent empty catering unit. The new building is set to enhance Stratford’s cultural offer and create a vibrant destination for the local community and visitors, as well as providing a significant boost to the night time economy for all partners
The ambitious project is to build a new theatre, in Theatre Square, Stratford. The consultation will provide a wide range of ways for people to find out more about the project, contribute their ideas and give their opinions about The Red Crate plans. Opportunities to take part will include two public events at the theatre, an exhibition and the chance to take part online. Comment cards will be available at the theatre. All the events and the project survey will be available to complete on the project website, www.theredcrate.com.
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East, has called for as many people to take part as possible; “We want The Red Crate to provide an exciting new venue for local people and partners, as well as giving a further boost to local businesses. It is immensely important that people talk to us and share their ideas with us so that The Red Crate has the potential to be a much-loved and highly-valued part of Newham. So please do come and see us at one of our events, or take a moment to complete a comment card or online survey”.
The Red Crate is intended to be situated in the Cultural Quarter and will enhance the area’s existing night time entertainment. It is set to play an important role in establishing Stratford as a vibrant cultural destination for the local community and visitors as part the ongoing regeneration of the area. The new building will link with the adjacent empty catering unit, which Theatre Royal Stratford East intends to transform into a fresh café / bar offer for the area, as well as providing front of house facilities.
When Theatre Royal Stratford East announced its plans on 23rd September, the project received wide spread endorsements including from Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, who said: “The Red Crate is a ground-breaking venture for Theatre Royal Stratford East, resulting from a new relationship between them and the National Theatre, which will add to the burgeoning cultural quarter that is developing in east London as a legacy of the 2012 Games. With our plans for Olympicopolis in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park it will be another reason to visit and help fulfil our commitment to achieving the economic, social and cultural potential of the area.”
The Red Crate will enable the Theatre Royal Stratford East, to broaden its provision to residents in Newham (increasing the number of performances by 92% per annum), East London, and across the capital.
The project has also received endorsement from Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, who said: “I am delighted by this inspirational proposal from Theatre Royal Stratford East, which is set to augment Stratford’s existing cultural offer to make it a top London destination to be enjoyed by local people and visitors to the area.”
Thursday 6th November 2014