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New theatre at the heart of the Royal Docks a welcome addition to the RAD community
The Royal Docks will welcome a new 1,150-seat performance centre, called Royal Docks Theatre, which will stage the London debut of acclaimed Dutch production, Soldier of Orange – The Musical, from September this year.
The purpose-built venue will be built on a 360-degree rotating platform, a revolutionary new technology especially engineered for this show and to be used in the UK for the first time to immerse the audience directly into the performance.
The play is centred around World War Two, and as the story unfolds the entire seating platform will slowly rotate around panoramic set, revealing a 150-foot-wide coastline with sea, as well as sand, rainstorms, student dorms, interrogation cells, a palace, and a real DC3 Dakota Airplane.
The performance is based on the autobiography of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, a renowned Dutch resistance fighter and British RAF war pilot, who chronicled his remarkable World War Two experiences in his book of the same name. The theatre is being built on a site alongside RAD that was one of London’s heaviest bombed areas during The Blitz.
This month, Newham Council granted planning permission for the theatre for five years, which will include a restaurant and bring in 150 new jobs across construction, hospitality, and the production itself.
Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the show, which has been seen by more than 3 million people in the Netherlands and has broken all Dutch theatre records with nine years of sold-out performances.
“Since our opening last year, RAD has quickly become a thriving hub for the local community, hosting numerous large-scale events from festivals to live musical performances, art installations, conferences, and sporting competitions,” said John Miu, Chief Operating Officer of ABP London.
“The Royal Docks is fast becoming a new cultural quarter for London, and we could not think of a better location for this world-class production, which will celebrate both the rebirth of the Royal Docks while casting a light on its past.”
To register for updates and information on when tickets go on sale visit www.SoldierofOrange.com
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