PLAYBOX Theatre’s Stratford branch is on the move.
Stratford ArtsHouse will now be home to the theatre company with the Rother Street building providing a creative hub to allow for an increased number of training programmes, workshops, holiday courses and Stratford-based performance projects.
The new central base is designed to compliment the company’s work in Warwick at The Dream Factory.
Playbox Theatre first opened in Stratford in 1994, and went on to become established in town as advisory partners in the redevelopment of Cox’s Yard in 2003 when the site evolved from museum and pub, to become a family-driven centre for entertainment, relaxation and dining.
But after 13 years bosses have decided to relocate to a venue, which will allow the organisation to develop and evolve – responding to the increasing demand for places and opportunities within Stratford.
Among Playbox Theatre’s most famous alumni is actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the global hit series Game of Thrones.
And Artistic Director of Playbox Theatre, Emily Quash, is hoping the move will help nurture similar stars of the future.
She said: “There is huge excitement among the Stratford wing of Playbox Theatre over our move to this bright and inspiring venue.
“I’m very proud Playbox in Stratford works with hundreds of talented, energetic and intelligent young people, and I am looking forward to opening the doors to more youngsters with a passion to explore the world the Playbox way.
“The Stratford centre is pivotal to the work of Playbox Theatre, and many of its alumni enter the performing arts and creative industries following their time at the company with huge success.
“Our move will allow us all to truly flourish, and we are excited to be moving to a hub that has creativity at its core, where we know our work will be celebrated and encouraged.”
Zoe Ballinger of Stratford ArtsHouse, added: “We are delighted to be to be working in partnership with Playbox Theatre. We look forward to a long and successful partnership and helping to create an exciting and dynamic environment for young people.”