Rapid regeneration of the area meant that Southwark Playhouse was at risk of loosing a foothold in the community it had served for 25 years, despite becoming known as London’s leading fringe theatre.
The theatre had already had to move several times over the years, occupying three buildings and two separate office spaces.
With the help of Southwark Council and the Greater London Authority the theatre was granted a long lease on a purpose-built theatre building at the Elephant and Castle. However, it was only in a ‘shell and core’ state.
Thanks to Biffa Award funding totalling £743,350 the theatre has been able to fit out a new dedicated youth and community space and can now continue its youth, community, and development programmes including a thriving Young Company, an Elders’ Company, and school projects.
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