'State of the art' theatre is announced as Wembley Park works thunder on
PUBLISHED: 15:20 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 31 May 2018
A brand new theatre is set to open in Wembley Park this autumn, with a capacity of up to 2,000.
The new Troubadour theatre will be the first to open in Wembley Park, in the shadow of the country’s national football stadium.
It will be based in the former Fountain Studios site, which hosted the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, and Pop Idol.
It will include a restaurant, modern bar and an open air terrace.
The team behind the new development also ran the award-winning King’s Cross Theatre.
The theatre, which closed in 2017, was on a site owned by Google, which is now building their its new headquarters there.
The new Wembley Park theatre will be alongside a wholesale redevelopment of the area by development company Quintain.
A Troubador spokesman said: “It will encourage theatrical producers to think big, offering them an affordable alternative space to present bold and ambitious shows.”
The 85-acre site will include 7,000 new homes, 27 artist studios, new offices, a designer outlet shopping retail park and the largest Box Park in London. Brent Council rubber-stamped a controversial decision to hand £17.8million of public money to Wembley Park developer Quintain on Monday last week, after the sale of the stadium called the previously agreed deal into question.
The area, including the stadium, has seen about £900million invested since 2002.
It’s believed the new theatre will be part of a further £1billion of investment. Quintain says the project will provide a big contribution to Brent and London’s housing needs. Last year, about 3,000 homes were built there.
Spokesman for the Troubador Theatre Tristan Baker said: “It will be a modern venue for modern audiences: comfortable seating, increased leg room, a spacious and welcoming bar, a seasonal and innovative restaurant.”
Brent’s most famous theatre, the Tricycle, came under fire earlier this year when it announced its rebranding to the Kiln. Protesters said it was shedding a part of its history and have called for the decision to be reversed.