Ex-BBC White City centre to be theatre complex
The BBC’s former media village at White City in West London is to become a large-scale pop-up theatre, opening this summer.
The White City Theatre, being developed by Troubadour Theatres, Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo, will be a 1,200-seat flexible theatre space and an 800-seat multi-purpose theatre.
The new venue will be part of the growing White City Place that is developing on the estate close to the former BBC Television Centre and including residential conversions, a West London campus for Imperial College and a Westfield shopping centre.
The theatres will be operated by the team that ran the King’s Cross Theatre, creators of the award-winning The Railway Children, and White City Theatre will host large-scale theatrical shows, film screenings, exhibitions, concerts and international events.
“White City Place, with Television Centre as its nearest neighbour, sits within an area that is synonymous with entertainment, storytelling and the diversity of British culture for years. It is only natural to build a theatre, another home for the imagination, alongside it” said Troubadour directors Oliver Royds and Tristan Baker. “Troubadour White City Theatre will be designed to meet the needs of modern audiences: comfortable seating, generous toilet facilities, increased leg room and a spacious and welcoming bar.”