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Project information

Support Central's new Studio Theatre

Central is planning an exciting move to bespoke new premises housing our first ever in-house Studio Theatre. By funding the theatre seating you will help create an invaluable resource to enhance our world-leading training and a world-class venue for vibrant school and community productions.

December 2018 - July 2019

Charity information: Central School of Ballet

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  • Need


    Over 1,200 people use Central’s Herbal Hill studios each week. Whilst much-loved, we have outgrown the space it can offer. Central needs facilities that match the expectations of a world-leading dance school and give us the space to grow, to nurture creativity and allow talent to blossom. An in-house Studio Theatre is top of the list to enrich the life of the School. It will transform training and rehearsals, cut spend on theatre hire and introduce the first onsite productions.


    Central is moving to a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, and very much needed, new home in London’s flourishing arts community on the South Bank. The shell of our Studio Theatre is already in place: we need your help to fit it out to world-class standards to create an amazing resource for the future stars of dance theatre who train at the School. By funding the theatre seating you can make the dream a reality and inspire diverse audiences with vibrant School and community productions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To open Central’s first in-house Studio Theatre.


    » Help fit-out the theatre by installing retractable theatre seating for an audience of approx. 128 –bench-style i.e. seats greater nos. of children.
    » Roll-out world-class vocational dance training within the Studio Theatre from Autumn 2019.
    » Deliver highly-professional Central and Ballet Central dance productions from Autumn 2019.
    » Launch a vibrant programme of community events and productions from summer 2019 onwards.

    What success will look like

    Success is a new Studio Theatre used to train 115 students studying towards our unique degree & deliver an inspiring dance productions programme & a thriving community programme.

  • Impact


    The Studio Theatre will be an invaluable resource for generations of students – the future stars of dance theatre – transforming training and rehearsals, and enriching performance experience. It will be a state-of-the-art venue for professional dance theatre supporting decades of future School and Ballet Central performances, wider dance/arts productions, and community events/productions. These will inspire diverse audiences including schools, young people and the local community.


    With all large multi-stage projects, despite the best plans there is potential for some changes to timescales. Once the School is in its new home and the Studio Theatre is open we are confident of the success of planned programmes. It will take time to engage the local community in the life of the School but with our thriving programme to widen access and participation behind us (locally in partnership with LB Southwark), we are confident in putting Central at the heart of Southwark.


    Supporters can opt-in to receive a bi-annual newsletter, which will share highlights from the project, and the schedule for public events in the new Studio Theatre. We would be delighted to welcome them to a performance. Regular highlights can also be found on social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,720

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,720 Theatre Seating Approx 128 seats @ £240 per seat

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Seat Naming Campaign (to launch in 2018/19) £10,720 Conditional
  • Background


    Central’s new home is in the flourishing arts community on the South Bank. It is an amazing relocation option, providing a purpose-built new home almost three times the size of our current Herbal Hill studios. Its facilities will rival many in the UK with, in addition to the theatre, six spacious studios, a high-tech health suite and a library, resource and study centre. State-of-the-art technology throughout will facilitate international partnerships and enrich training.


    115 dancers studying towards our unique BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance with enhanced training and performance experience. 300 Central Junior School pupils and their families and friends through in-house performances. Dance enthusiasts, first-time audiences including schools, and the local community enjoying a programme of Central, Ballet Central and community performances.
    Dance and arts companies will be able to use the venue enhancing local arts provision.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Central has an international reputation as a world-leader in vocational dance training, producing versatile, highly employable dancers who make a significant impact on the development of the art-form. Central, and its touring company Ballet Central are recognised for critically-acclaimed performances and thriving outreach to place the School at the heart of its neighbouring communities. This is the final stages of a successful capital campaign to fit out our new home to world-class standards.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Heidi Hall, Director

    Central Alumna, Heidi Hall leads Central & drives the capital campaign building on her diverse experience from an outstanding performance career.

    Christopher Marney, Artistic Director

    Central Alumnus Christopher Marney builds on his exceptional career in dance and choreography, to lead a new artistic vision for Central.

    Debra Cougill, Head Of Widening Access & Participation

    Debra Cougill uses her specialist experience to share Central’s passion for dance with young people, local schools and diverse communities.