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C20 Society praises Vaizey's post-war listing

The Twentieth Century Society has praised new architecture minister Ed Vaizey’s decision to protect a 1960s theatre building

The Scott Brownrigg and Turner-designed Yvonne Arnauld Theatre in Guildford was listed in ‘recognition of its design with a distinctive, sculptural form and exposed concrete structure, interesting plan, and auditorium which is of particular interest’ - according to a DCMS statement.

One of the first buildings to be funded by public conscription, the theatre was completed in 1965.

Emily Gee of English Heritage 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.’

The C20th Society praised the listing, saying: ‘We’re delighted by the national recognition granted to this important twentieth century building by its Grade II listing. We are looking forward to a renewed appreciation of post war architecture under the new culture minister’

In addition to the theatre, a 1970s private house in Somerset, by Stout and Litchfield was also awarded a Grade II listing.

Commenting on the decisions, 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.’


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