Less subsidy, more theatre.

After the Arts Council took a 30% cut in the Government spending review, companies around the UK have been forced to reconsider how they work and several face the threat of closure.

It is remarkable, then, that so many theatres are being built in this period of uncertainty. 2012 marked the opening of the first new theatre in London for 30 years, the St James Theatre.

Westminster City Council and Nimax have agreed to build a 350-seat theatre on the site of Crossrail at Tottenham Court Road station in 2020, and today Plough Yard Developments revealed their plans for a 250-seat open air venue in Hackney.

What do you think about all of these developments?

Does it mean more quality drama in the city, or does it stretch budgets too far? Should investment go into existing theatres outside of London? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Originally published on February 1, 2013.