New pub theatre to open in south London

The Bread and Roses pub in Clapham, which is to open a new theatre space.
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A new 54-seat theatre is to open above a pub in Clapham, south London.

The Bread and Roses Theatre, located above the pub of the same name in Clapham, will officially open on November 1 and will host a mixture of in-house and visiting productions. The venue will not charge a hire fee, and will instead offer a 50% split of box office takings between the theatre and visiting companies.

Tessa Hart, one of the theatre’s managers, said: “We really want to build up a local venue that people know about, and not just locally – a London venue that people know about. No matter what your preference is, we’ve got things like Shakespeare coming up, we’ve got new writing coming up, we’ve dramas, we’ve got comedy.”

She added: “We are looking to keep ticket prices very low so it’s something that you can easily do in combination with a night at the pub.”

The theatre is the result of a £13,500 renovation paid for by the Bread and Roses pub, which already hosts a number of arts events, including live music and comedy.

The pub’s landlady, Rebecca Pryle, said: “Pubs are just dying on their arses. They really are. Especially pubs that are off the beaten track a bit like we are, we’re just off the high street. So we just need entertainment really – to have stuff going on all the time.”

The Bread and Roses Theatre will launch with The Platform, a showcase for new playwriting that has been held at the pub in the upstairs function room – now the theatre – since 2012.