This Summer will see one of London’s Grade II* listed churches reborn as part of a state-of-the-art performance centre.
In 2006 the 150 year old Victorian St. John the Evangelist church was decommissioned by the Diocese of London. However, the Governors of the neighbouring Godolphin and Latymer School recognised its potential to play a major part in the development of a much needed music and drama centre for their pupils, so a 125 year lease was duly agreed.
“The Bishop Centre”, as it will be known (in memory of Dame Joyce Bishop who was Head Mistress from 1935–1963), can accommodate audiences of up to 800. Balconies at the upper level afford extra seating space and the hydraulic steel deck staging system is modular, allowing seating to be arranged in 18 different configurations. An orchestra pit, theatre in the round, catwalk, stage at either end of the auditorium and raked seating are a few of the options now available to the school, who will also make the facilities available to the local community.
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