New Year, New Building!
If 2020 has taught us anything is that our theatre is nothing without our people; our freelance artists and employees, tech and front of house staff, and our loyal, risk-taking audiences from the vibrant communities in Camden and beyond.
We are called Camden People’s Theatre after all.
The future may still be uncertain, but what we know for sure is that 2021 is the year that we re-develop our building to better serve the people and communities that make CPT (without losing our mission, values and of course, the warm and homely charm of our space). We will continue to be the alternative, radical, community-focused theatre in the centre of London but with a vastly improved and more accessible space.
Here’s what you can expect:
- A re-developed theatre, foyer and rehearsal space, with improved facilities that will better serve the 300+ theatre makers and 17,000 audiences that pass through their doors every year
- A welcoming café/bar space that will unlock the possibility for us to realise our long-time ambition to open a new community café that re-imagines CPT as a civic space open day and night
- A building, co-designed with CPT artists, staff, audiences and community members, that is more accessible, more sustainable and made to better serve our community (facilitated by the co-designed process with De Matos Ryan)
- A vastly improved on-street presence that celebrates the original pub architecture and provides a vibrant gateway for Drummond Street
For those who know us well – we hope you’ll join us in celebrating the removal of the massive pillar in the theatre and the fact that our new acoustic walls will stop you being able to hear even the quietest of conversations in the bar!
“CPT have been producing experimental, community minded and radical theatre from this base for the past 25 years. Over this time they have built an enviable reputation of engaging with their resident neighbours through locally oriented work and are an important amenity at the heart of their community. We are overjoyed to hear that CPT has been supported by so many brilliant funders to realise their vision for the refurbishment of their building during this time of great uncertainty.” – Cllr Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities, Culture & an Inclusive Economy (Includes Planning, Regeneration & Economic Development), London Borough of Camden
“We couldn’t be more delighted to hear that Camden People’s Theatre has secured the essential funding it needed to embark on this exciting capital project. The theatre has tirelessly supported the Drummond Street community over the last 25 years and the co-design process, which a number of our residents have been involved in, gave us the chance to be directly involved in the ambition for the building. This project promises to secure CPT’s future in our area and ensure the organisation can thrive over the next 20 years, building a stronger community through an unprecedented time of change and upheaval.” – John Myers, chair of Drummond Street Neighbourhood Forum
“This is an extraordinary moment for Camden People’s Theatre. Our incredible funders have stepped up and supported our project, enabling it to be delivered now, over the next four months while social distancing obliges us to remain closed to audiences. The works we are embarking on will transform our building to realise it’s full potential as a warm, welcoming, radical space that truly reflects our core values and the exceptional work we present on our stage.” – Kaya Stanley-Money, Executive Director
We couldn’t be more grateful to our funders who have made this all possible; Arts Council England, Viridor Credits Environmental Agency, the Foyle Foundation, Theatre’s Trust, the Cockayne Foundation, the Department for Media & Sport, Backstage Trust and all of the individuals who have contributed to the project over the last year.
If you’re interested in supporting the project, any donation – large or small – will go towards creating a space that’s accessible, inclusive & reflective of the diverse community we serve.
For more information or to discuss how you can support our campaign further, please contact our Executive Director, Kaya Stanley-Money. [email protected]