THE name of Doncaster’s new multi-million pound performance venue has been revealed.
‘Cast’ has been selected following consultations with stakeholders and community groups for the £22 million site, which is part of the £300m The Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) development.
It is said to have been chosen because it includes Doncaster’s industrial heritage, theatrical ties and also plays on the community links the venue intends to encourage.
The venue will be completed in 2013 offering a ‘cultural hub’ to Doncaster and the region.
Kully Thiarai, the newly-appointed director for Cast, said: “The success of the new venue depends on the engagement of all of the people of Doncaster. Cast as a name recognises the importance of the public – we want a cast of thousands to be involved in making this new place something really special.
“The name comes from the industrial heritage of this town, and now we’ll be asking people to cast their mark on this exciting new development in Doncaster.”
Margaret Hunt, chairman of the board for Cast, added: “Cast will become a place for all the communities of Doncaster to celebrate, share, meet and have a part to play - as supporters, future audiences, participants and visitors.
“We can all be part of the Cast and together begin to build a strong foundation for Cast in Doncaster.”
Cast will boast a 620-seater main theatre space, a second flexible performance space for 200 seated or 400 standing, dance and drama studios, rooms for learning, rehearsing and meetings, a cafe bar and a foyer and box office area that looks out into Doncaster’s Sir Nigel Gresley Square.
Cast will be run and managed by Doncaster Performance Venue Limited, a charitable subsidiary of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust.
Specialist theatre architects, Arts Team RHWL, designed the venue which is being built by VINCI Construction UK.
The CCQ is being delivered by Doncaster Council and its development partner Muse Developments and has been supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.
Cast has been supported financially by Arts Council England.
To be a part of Cast and to receive regular updates, visit: www.castindoncaster.com
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