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Old Vic’s 30 million makeover approved by Lambeth Council

Plans for a major restoration of The Old Vic theatre and the construction of a new five-storey annexe have been approved by Lambeth Council.

Old Vic’s 30 million makeover approved by Lambeth Council
A new face for The Old Vic (Bennetts Associates/Miller Hare)

Lambeth planning officers this week granted permission for the alterations to the listed building, including a new balcony above the colonnade at the theatre's main entrance.

The revamp has been drawn up by architects Bennetts Associates.

The scheme includes the demolition of the adjacent Waterloo Bar & Kitchen building and the construction of a new annexe to the theatre with a studio for education, emerging talent and community work.

The Old Vic hasn't published a time-frame for the project – for which it is appealing for funds from individuals, trusts and businesses – but must start work within five years under the terms of its planning permission.

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