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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford among post-war buildings listed by Ed Vaizey

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One of the first post-war provincial theatres to be funded by public subscription has been listed Grade II by the Culture Minister

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, named after a locally based actress who brought it to fruition, was designed and built in 1963-65 by John Brownrigg of Scott Brownrigg and Turner. It has been listed in recognition of its design with a distinctive, sculptural form and exposed concrete structure, interesting plan, and auditorium which is of particular interest.

In addition, a private house in Somerset built in 1972-73 by the post-war architectural partnership Stout and Litchfield, Somerton Erleigh, has also been given Grade II listing. Both listings follow expert advice from English Heritage.

Ed Vaizey has listed it in recognition of its special architectural interest illustrated in its unusual and intricate geometric plan, high-quality interior fittings, strong relationship with its landscape and the fact that it remains largely unaltered since it was first built.

Ed Vaizey said:

“Both the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Somerton Erleigh are fine examples of post-war design that showcase the architectural talents of the period in buildings designed for private and public use, and they clearly merit the extra layer of protection that listing provides.”

English Heritage Head of Designation, Emily Gee said:

“The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is a visually striking building which has been carefully designed, planned and detailed. It is the epitome of an architecturally inventive provincial theatre of the mid-1960s which survives in remarkably intact condition and fully merits listing at Grade II.”

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