Lambeth Council has approved the National Theatre’s planning application to extend the opening of its Shed venue.
The 225 seater temporary theatre, positioned outside the front of the National Theatre, will be allowed to remain open until 2017.
The venue has become extremely successful, running a programme of new plays including current show Home by Nadia Fall (until 30 April). Shed family show The Elephantom is transferring to the New London Theatre for a run from 30 June to 6 September 2014.
The Shed was to be temporary whilst the National’s new Dorfman Theatre – formerly the Cottesloe Theatre – was refurbished. The Dorfman will now open in September 2014, meaning that the Southbank theatre complex will have four venues running: The Shed, The Dorfman, The Olivier and The Lyttelton.
The Shed has played to a 91% average capacity and over 74,900 people since it opened in April 2013 and was due to close earlier this year.
Forthcoming productions at the Shed include David Henry Hwang’s new play Yellow Face (from 5 May) and Polly Stenham’s new play Hotel (from 31 May).
The Shed is currently taking up the space of the National’s annual Watch This Space free outdoor summer season of events and shows. This year Watch This Space will temporarily tour Lambeth and Southwark.