Croydon Warehouse goes into administration

Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre is threatened with closure, after the organisation’s board placed the 35-year old venue into administration.

The south London theatre has recently been hit with funding cuts from Croydon Council. A statement issued by the theatre’s board said that it “had no option but to resolve at its meeting on May 4 to reluctantly seek to place the Warehouse Theatre Company Ltd into administration.”

It added: “If these events cause the closure of The Warehouse Theatre Croydon, London and the world of live innovative theatre will sadly lose an important cultural asset which has an established reputation and can never be replaced.”

The Warehouse has previously hosted big comedy names including Eddie Izzard, Ben Elton and Lenny Henry at the start of their careers, while it has also staged an international playwriting festival for the last 25 years. Actor Cate Blanchett made her UK stage debut at the theatre in Sweet Phoebe in 1995.

An appeal has now been launched to save the theatre at www.warehousetheatre.co.uk

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