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Buzz Theatre at the Elephant

Green spaces, delicious eateries…and yes the Thunderbirds are coming to Elephant & Castle

When you hear that a purpose built theatre comes to SE1, you just know it’s going to create a buzz.

The aptly named Buzz theatre is set to open at Mercato Metropolitano in November. The venue will open a few minutes walk from Elephant & Castle – just across the road from Southwark Playhouse. The purpose-built arts space promises immersive and interactive theatrical events.

It will open in November withThunderbirds: Beyond the Horizon, which is based on the original Thunderbirds series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

The ITV show was set in the latter half of the 21st century, and followed the adventures of International Rescue, who used their land, sea, air and space crafts on rescue missions. The show was known for its iconic puppetry and opening title sequence.

Theatre aside, it got us thinking how much Elephant & Castle is on the up. It’s often overlooked and some might call it a work in progress but it’s set for a brighter and greener future.

The largest new green space in central London for 70 years is already open to the public. Elephant Park will provide 3,000 new homes and 6,000 new jobs. More than 1,200 new trees will be planted in this zone one spot and there’ll be room for 3,000 new cycle spaces.

Artistic types are flocking to the area, thanks to the Artworks Elephant – a creative hub repurposed from shipping containers. The ground floor houses food and drink outlets surrounding an outdoor courtyard. There is plenty of space to hold meetings, events and classes.

As if that wasn’t enough, it is hoped that the proposed Bakerloo line extension will reach Elephant & Castle in the next decade. All the world could be Elephant & Castle’s stage.

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