The National Theatre Is Closing Its 'Red Shed'

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 27 months ago
The National Theatre Is Closing Its 'Red Shed'
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Since 2013, the relatively grey surroundings of the South Bank have been brightened up by the vivid red 'shed' that is the National Theatre's Temporary Theatre.

The steel and plywood structure was only meant to up for a year, but now, following 32 plays, 764 performances and 156,340 audience members, the curtain is about to fall for the final time.   

On 4 May the last Temporary Theatre Platform event will be held at the theatre, with speakers including National Theatre director Rufus Norris and writer and actor Michaela Coel (the event is free but prebook).

The final performance of all will be Another World: Losing our Children to Islamic State on 7 May.

Said the National Theatre's deputy artistic director Ben Power, who led the artistic programming of the space: "The programming in The Temporary Theatre has allowed the National Theatre to take risks, celebrating emerging writers and directors as well as musicians, comedians, dancers and established theatre-makers taking new approaches."

Susannah Clapp, the Observer’s theatre critic said: "This is a building that opens your heart before you get into the auditorium. It’s a building that enables invention."

Last Updated 19 April 2016