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Elephant and Castle music venue under threat

The Coronet's director Richard Littman and Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Simon Hughes outside the Coronet.
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Live music venue the Coronet Theatre in south London’s Elephant and Castle has launched a campaign to protect its future, with more than 2,000 people signing an online petition so far.

The arts and events venue, which opened in 1879 as a theatre and is reported to have hosted performances by Charlie Chaplin, revealed it is facing an uncertain future after landlords Delancey refused to guarantee what will happen when its lease expires in November 2015.

The venue, which employs more than 100 members of staff and attracts a quarter of a million visitors each year, has said it has earmarked £2 million for improvements and plans to bring events such as BBC Radio recordings to the venue.

Richard Littman, director of the Coronet, said: “As a business, we cannot continue in this limbo state where we are unable to plan for the future.

“We provide a cultural hub in Elephant and Castle, and have a long history in the area. We are asking our many supporters to help us safeguard the cultural fabric of Elephant and Castle by supporting our campaign.”

Mark Price, theatres at risk adviser for the Theatres Trust, said: “The trust has included the theatre on its Theatre Buildings at Risk register and is working with the current leaseholder to convince Delancey and Southwark Council to protect the future of the Coronet or
provide another dedicated equivalent theatre in Elephant and Castle.”

To sign the petition, visit https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/southwark-council-save-the-coronet.

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