Theatre Royal Stratford East launches new 80-seat theatre

Theatre Royal Stratford East is getting an additional 80-seat theatre

Theatre Royal Stratford East is getting an additional 80-seat theatre - Credit: Archant

The east London theatre space will put “new voices and bold new shows” on its stage.

Theatre Royal Stratford East will launch a new 80-seat theatre this April in Gerrys, a cafe opposite the theatre.

The space will open with Edinburgh Fringe hit Labels by Joe Sellman-Leava, which examines the line between curiosity and fear, and the rise of anti-immigration rhetoric.

It follows sell-out pilot shows last year featuring Lynette Linton’s Chicken Palace, Alexis Gregory’s Slap and Femi Elufowoju’s workshop production of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.

Development of the theatre was made possible by property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, who began work on the site in summer 2014.

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Kerry Michael, Theatre Royal Stratford East artistic director said: “It’s been great experimenting with this new multifunctional and intimate performance space, which enables us to produce more shows, different shows and attract an even more varied theatre audience than we already do.

“As part of that we’re delighted to present Labels, a funny, entertaining piece of theatre about perception, diversity and equality.”

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