Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) officially opened its brand new city centre theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres City (NST City), on 16 February 2018 with a special event in Guildhall Square titled ‘Southampton Celebrates’.
The event featured a performance created by NST’s resident dance theatre company ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, comprising of 130 people from communities across Southampton, a Ford car and fireworks, and coincided with the opening of NST City’s inaugural play The Shadow Factory by Howard Brenton.
Sam Hodges, Director of NST, said: “The opening of our new purpose-built venue is a big moment for the city of Southampton. Our dream is that in years to come we’ll look back at this time as a huge turning point, not only for its cultural ecology, but also as a catalyst for business growth, social reform and civic pride.
“We’re delighted to be in such good company as City Eye and the John Hansard Gallery in our new home and to share with them this seismic step change for NST and for the city of Southampton’s cultural life. NST City, along with the new John Hansard and City Eye, is about ensuring that the local community of the city have a world class arts venue that can be enjoyed for generations to come.”