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Doncaster's new performance venue is named

  • Date: 21 November 2012
  • Area: North
Artist's impression of a performance venue

Artist's impression of Cast. Credit: Courtesy of Cast

The name of Doncaster's new £22m performance venue, which will be completed in 2013, was recently announced as Cast. A phrase with people at its heart and four central letters of Doncaster, Cast will be the flagship element of the new Civic and Cultural Quarter in the city.

Cast has many meaningful connections - including Doncaster's industrial heritage, obvious theatrical ties and also plays on the strong community links the venue intends to encourage within and beyond its many multi-purpose spaces and facilities - which will define it as much more than a traditional cultural space.

The venue will feature a 620 seat main theatre space, a second flexible performance space for 200 seated or 400 standing, dance and drama studios, rooms for learning, rehearsing and meetings, a café bar and a foyer and box office area that enjoys wonderful views into Doncaster's Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

Kully Thiarai, the newly appointed Director for Cast said: 'The success of the new venue depends on the engagement of all of the people of Doncaster. Cast as a name recognises the importance of the public - we want a cast of thousands to be involved in making this new place something really special.  The name comes from the industrial heritage of this town, and now we'll be asking people to cast their mark on this exciting new development in Doncaster.'

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director of Arts Council England said: 'I'm looking forward to seeing the finished venue next year. The opening of Cast will bring exciting opportunities for people to get involved in great art in the Doncaster region and we are delighted to be part of this project.'

Cast is one of the Arts Council's national portfolio organisations and has also received funding through our National Lottery funded capital programme.