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Reading Rep to open new theatre and arts hub

The theatre company will establish its first permanent home in Reading

Reading Rep Theatre

Reading Rep Theatre company will open its first permanent home in Reading in 2020, it has been announced.

The new 158-seat theatre, which will also feature an education and learning centre, is converted from a 1927 Salvation Army Building and will be designed by David Hughes (responsible for the award-winning Park Theatre).

The company's artistic director Paul Stacey said: "We are thrilled to finally be setting up a permanent home, and opening a new theatre, arts centre and cultural hub for Reading. Having grown up here I am so excited to continue creating the highest quality theatre for Reading and the south east, and I am extremely grateful for the continued support of our partners and audiences."

Reading Rep Theatre was founded by Stacey and Chairman Alan Stacey, and produces shows throughout the year. Previous productions and co-productions include a revival of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop and a production of Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs.

Further details and Reading Rep's upcoming programming are to be announced.