Fantastic news for Notting Hill culture vultures The Print Room has taken over the Coronet on Notting Hill Gate and will move there this autumn. Grand plans are to renovate the building, which was built in 1898 by leading Victorian architect W.G.R Sprague as a theatre and music hall and played host to artists such as Ellen Terry and Sarah Bernhardt.
Sprague was also responsible for the Noel Coward Theatre and the Wyndhams – which is currently hosting Skylight by David Hare and note, it is worth moving heaven and earth to get tickets to see Bill Nighy’s perfect performance.
Back to the Coronet: A cultural space to rival any other is what we should look forward to and this building has been crying out, screaming for someone to restore it to its former glory for years. Long term Print Room plans include three flexible theatre spaces, the largest of which will remain fully operational as a cinema with both 35mm and digital facilities; rehearsal and workshop spaces; administration offices and a restaurant and bar. The Print rooms’s inaugural season will open this autumn in the smaller cinema space, which will be converted into a 100 seat theatre. The larger space will continue to operate as a cinema under the direction of the Print Room’s artistic team. The company has engaged architects Studio Indigo to oversee the renovation work, which will take place in stages, with different sections of the building opening as work in each area is completed. Artistic director Anda Winters said this week, “We are thrilled to be moving to such a glorious new home in Notting Hill. The Print Room began its journey five years ago in a derelict printing workshop on Hereford Road, and we have now found a permanent home on our doorstep. It’s a truly grand space where we can keep delivering our eclectic programme of world-class drama, innovative dance, diverse music, poetry, exhibitions and other performing arts, with the addition of world-class cinema.”. This is just great news and I have already asked for a job. the-print-room