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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Published April 10th 2013
A new and interesting acting space at the National Theatre
If you go down to the Southbank today you're in for a big surprise. Between the National Theatre and the river stands a new structure resembling a gigantic upturned red table. This mystery building will house theatrical productions over the next year and will provide an intimate performance space for just 225 spectators. It will stay in situ whilst the Cottesloe undergoes renovation. Learn more about it from those who have been and are still involved.

The Shed is linked to the main NT building and tickets are currently available for its first three shows: Mission Drift, Bullet Catch and Table. Table (written by Tanya Ronder and directed by Rufus Norris) is currently in performance. Watch this short video for further information.

The other two plays will open during May and June, to be followed by a new production of Romeo and Juliet aimed at younger audiences. All shows will be accompanied by a selection of pre- and post-show discussions.

The Shed
Rehearsal Picture from Table

If you feel overawed by the National Theatre's two main stages (The Lyttelton and the Olivier) why not watch a play at The Shed, which is not Chelsea Football Club's home, but a new pop up theatre on the Southbank.
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Why? To experience a different kind of theatre
When: Over the course of the next year
Phone: Box Office: 020 7452 3244
Where: The Southbank
Cost: 12 and 20
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