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Tuesday22 July 2014

Architects invited to design Joan Littlewood memorial in Stratford

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Newham Council has launched a competition to create a memorial to the “mother of modern theatre” Joan Littlewood.

The memorial will stand outside the Theatre Royal Stratford East and is part of the £14 million improvement works to the east London area’s public realm, alongside Studio Egret West’s sculpture The Shoal.

Judges, including Pete Cobb, the dean of the School of Art & Architecture at East London University, will look for proposals that capture Littlewood’s spirit and character.

Newham Council’s executive member for regeneration and strategic planning Conor McAuley said: “The memorial will act as a reminder of how Joan helped to put Theatre Royal Stratford East on the world stage. It will form an important part of Newham Council’s efforts, along with our partners, to upgrade and improve the area’s public realm for our residents and visitors alike ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The winning entry will be unveiled on June 24.

Theatre impresario Littlewood, who died in 2002, helped save the theatre from demolition in the late 1960s by applying for grade II* listed status. She was also the client for Cedric Price’s unbuilt Fun Palace in Stratford.

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