Slaughter and May is advising Nica Burns, CEO of Nimax Theatres, on her new bespoke theatre at Soho Place (which Nimax will operate), a new development above the Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth Line and Underground station. The in-the-round theatre will provide highly versatile performance space and, when it opens later this year, will be the first new-build theatre in London’s West End for 50 years. It is called “@sohoplace”, which is the name of the new piazza adjoining Charing Cross Road.
Nica Burns, CEO and co-owner, Nimax Theatres: “I wanted to create a theatre which could add a different dimension to our vibrant West End landscape…I asked our greatest theatre creatives two questions: If we could build a new theatre in the heart of the West End, what would you like it to be? What additional facilities would be on your wish list? They dreamt of a flexible auditorium, perfect acoustics and audience / stage intimacy… the incredible team of engineers pulled off the greatest of structural feats, building over a major underground transport hub – a challenging place to build a theatre – achieving perfect acoustics and no vibrations”.