‘Cast’ your eye over Doncaster’s new performance venue

Published 29th May 2013 at 8:08am

Main construction of Doncaster’s much awaited new £22million performance venue – Cast – has been completed.

The eye catching building – an important part of the Council and its development partner Muse Developments new £300m Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) – features numerous different performance spaces including two auditoriums, dance and drama studios, educational spaces, a café, bar, a main foyer and more. Overlooking Sir Nigel Gresley Square, the venue is set to become a popular attraction in the town centre.

Internal fit out works are being carried out and the theatre programme which should commence in September is being pulled together.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Tourism and Veteran’s Champion, said: “Cast forms an important part of the new Civic and Cultural Quarter which is transforming 25% of the town centre. Doncaster continues to go from strength to strength and delivery of this major new performance venue will take the town to a new level, helping to attract new investment, businesses, economic growth and jobs. Cast and the new quarter will be another major attraction for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Michael Broadhead project director at Muse said: “Cast is a wonderful addition to the scheme adding the culture to the quarter.  Vinci and the design team have worked extremely hard to deliver the building on time and to budget and we’re delighted with the end result.”

Keith Shivers, Regional Director, VINCI Construction UK, Building Division – North East, said: “The new performance venue is a facility that Doncaster will be proud of. The architectural design of the theatre is a cultural hub for artists, and the visually attractive theatre with superb acoustics will create a memorable experience for audiences and performers. We are extremely proud to delivery this scheme because it is a facility the local community will get great use out of.”

The council’s major projects team and development partner Muse Developments project managed the build. VINCI Construction was the main contractor.

Cast has been supported financially by Arts Council England. It was designed by specialist theatre architects, Arts Team RHWL.

The CCQ project is supported financially by the European Union, as part of the European Regional Development Fund’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

For more information on the venue go to: www.doncaster.gov.uk/venue or www.castindoncaster.com

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