Trafalgar Entertainment have announced plans for the opening of the Olympia Theatre, which is set to be the largest new theatre built in London since the National Theatre in 1976.
Expected to open in West London in 2025, the new venue will contain 1,575 seats across five floors.
The Olympia Theatre is part of a £1.3 billion development programme of entertainment spaces in West London and will be designed by award-winning theatre architect Haworth Tompkins.
Tompkins is expected to design a ‘stacked auditorium,’ bringing audience members closer to the stage, as well as introducing a bar, hospitality, and VIP facilities.
Trafalagar Entertainment, the current owners of London’s Trafalgar Theatre, will operate this new venue on a 35-year long lease, with the opportunity to extend this for another 35 years.
Howard Panter, co-founder of Trafalgar Entertainment, said “[we’re] looking forward to a new golden age of theatre. Olympia presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity — it is quite simply one of the most exciting new theatres London has seen for many years and we’re delighted to be playing our part as operator.
“Trafalgar Entertainment is determined to help the return of live entertainment across the UK: we know that audiences want passionately to return to the unique magic that is live theatre. We hope that a bit like our neighbour just down the road, the Royal Albert Hall, it will become an iconic, marvelous cultural building in its own right.”
Words by Maddy Raine.
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