#40Facts – Fact #28

Did you know why The Clare is called The Clare?

We have two studio spaces – The Clare and The Maria. Here’s the story of the Clare…

The Clare was named after the director and producer Clare Venables. Clare was an inspirational presence in the theatre. One of the first women to run a theatre, she became the artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible in 1981 and was well-known for her work and encouragement for young directors. Some of which included Michael Boyd (artistic director of the RSC, until this year) and Stephen Daldry (award-winning film and theatre director).


Clare’s pioneering work and campaigning for young directors and designers won her the very first Young Vic Award – an award created for talented theatre people but in particular those who also go out of their way to help other, younger people become who they want to be.

As well as this award, our studio space, which has recently been home to Mad About the Boy, Going Dark, One for the Road/Victoria Station and Disco Pigs, was named in Clare Venables’ honour.

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