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Goose Nest building underway for delivery of Warwick Arts golden egg

Construction work has begun on Warwick Arts Centre's temporary theatre The Goose Nest, the first phase of a three-year project to improve and extend the 40-year-old complex.

The 280-seater auditorium opens next month and will be used for professional productions and student performances until June next year, while work continues to renovate and upgrade the arts centre's theatre and studio spaces. Its official opening will take place on Saturday 7 October with the Bite Size Festival, a showcase for innovative Midlands' theatre-making.

The Goose Nest - the name was chosen in a poll of University of Warwick students - is part of the multi-million pound 20:20 project, which also aims to add more gallery and exhibition space and upgrade the visitor experience to Warwick Arts Centre.

The second phase begins in October next year, although the centre's biggest venue, the Butterworth Hall, will remain open throughout the three-year programme of work.

Andrea Pulford, Warwick Arts Centre's Operations Director, said, "Whilst upgrading these areas we did not want to compromise the programme we offer to our audiences, or the support we give to student societies. The Goose Nest will allow us to continue our commitment to nurturing the creativity and talent of youing performers on campus, as well as running a normal programme of events during this period. We hope that artists, audiences and the student community will all enjoy The Goose Nest over the next few months and, like us, see the temporary theatre and the re-devlopment as another step in an exciting journey for Warwick Arts Centre."

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