Planning permission granted for Ovalhouse Brixton

Written by on December 16, 2015 in Culture, theatre & performance - 5 Comments

Last night, Lambeth Council voted unanimously to grant planning permission for the Ovalhouse theatre to move to a purpose-built new home in the heart of Brixton. 

Architect's impression of Ovalhouse's new home in Brixton. Photo: Picture Plane Ltd

Architect’s impression of Ovalhouse’s new home in Brixton. Photo: Picture Plane Ltd

With the theatre’s current Kennington Oval site too small for the organisation’s ambitious vision, the new theatre is planned for completion in 2018. It will offer two theatre spaces plus seven multi-use accessible studios – for rehearsal, participatory work and community activities – and will comprise a significant suite of cultural workspaces, bringing jobs and opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises and supporting the already strong cultural sector in Brixton.

The flexible theatre spaces will have the facilities needed for artists to make innovative new work and there will also be an increased range of training within the youth leadership programmes, ensuring professional opportunities and cross-transferable skills for local young people.

A major fundraising campaign is now underway, fronted by Pierce Brosnan, to make the theatre’s new home a reality, whilst the organisation also awaits a decision from Arts Council England about supporting the new space.
Talking about Lambeth’s Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the new thatre Piece Brosnan said the move would  “enable Ovalhouse to continue to operate as the dynamic and thriving organisation it has always been –  a vital asset to its local community, to the wider London public and to the creative world as a whole.”

Ovalhouse Patron and Brixton Resident, theatre director Paulette Randall described the experience as being like “having your best friend and favourite colleague move in next door. [Ovalhouse] is an organisation with whom I have had a personal and professional relationship for the past thirty years.  The thought of having that on my own doorstep is brilliant.”

Read more about why Pierce Brosnan wants to support the Ovalhouse move to Brixton.

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A lover of high art, low art and everything in between, Ruth loves an excuse to meet artists and unravel the stories of Brixton today. Ruth specialises in interviewing artists, makers, comedians and performers for the Blog and the Bugle, as well as profiling our architecture, pubs and places of historical significance.

5 Comments on "Planning permission granted for Ovalhouse Brixton"

  1. Deborah Bestwick December 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm ·

    Hello Vinnie,

    The Mural will be conserved and remains in place, enhanced by specialist lighting. From the perspective of this image you can see it beyond the theatre – it will have a public square in front of it.

  2. Vinnie O'connell December 17, 2015 at 11:23 am ·

    What happens to the nuclear dawn mural?

  3. Vinnie O'connell December 17, 2015 at 11:22 am ·

    What about nuclear dawn mural?

  4. Alexandra Afryea December 17, 2015 at 9:43 am ·

    As a Brixton-based actress I welcome this move and expansion of Ovalhouse to Somerleyton Road – it can only help to increase the talent of local artists in the community.

    Hurrah to Pierce Brosnan for fronting the fundraising campaign also, it gave him his start in the arts and this move will do so much for future generations.

    • Deborah Bestwick December 18, 2015 at 11:24 pm ·

      Hello Alexandra, thanks for your enthusiasm!

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