Print Room relocates to historic Coronet in Notting Hill
The venue, which launched in 2010, will expand its capacity and programming significantly thanks to the move
Notting Hill theatre The Print Room is moving to a new, permanent home in nearby former Victorian playhouse The Coronet.
The venue, which was launched in 2010 by Anda Winters and Lucy Bailey, is currently located in a former printing workshop on Hereford Road. Bailey left the venue in 2012, leaving Winters as sole artistic director.
Currently a two-screen cinema, The Coronet will eventually expand to three flexible theatre spaces - one of which will double as a cinema - as well as housing the Print Room's administration offices.
"We are thrilled to be moving to such a glorious new home in Notting Hill," said Anda Winters. "It's a truly grand space where we can keep delivering our eclectic programme of world-class drama, innovative dance, diverse music, poetry, exhibitions and other performing arts, with the addition of world-class cinema."
The company have engaged architects Studio Indigo to oversee the renovation work, which will take place in stages, enabling the company to take up residence this autumn and launch their inaugural season in the smaller cinema space, which will be converted into a 100-seat theatre.
The Print Room has been looking for a new home since its current landlord declared an intention to demolish the current building in order to create luxury accommodation.
The Coronet first opened as a theatre in 1898 with a capacity of 1,143 seats. It was designed by W.G.R. Sprague, who also designed the Aldwych, Noel Coward and Wyndham's theatres.
Among the Coronet's claims to fame is that John Gielgud saw his first Shakespeare production at the theatre, As You Like It, in 1912.
Its location is adjacent to Notting Hill Gate tube station, over the road from The Gate Theatre. They tweeted:
HUGE CONGRATS to our friends @the_printroom on acquiring the Coronet Cinema. Exciting times for our corner of Notting Hill!— Gate Theatre (@gatetheatre) June 23, 2014
Winters added: "The possibilities for The Coronet are extraordinary, and we will bring to it the same nurturing spirit we developed in our first life in Hereford Road. This move will secure the company's long-term future in the heart of Notting Hill."