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Twickenham Theatre to close just days after Sweeney Todd run

David Bedella and Sarah Ingram in Sweeney Todd at the Twickenham Theatre, which is to close.
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London fringe venue the Twickenham Theatre is to close just days after its first production – Sweeney Todd starring David Bedella – came to an end.

The Twickenham Theatre has been told it has to vacate the premises after the pub over which it is based – the London Road – was sold without warning.

Twickenham Theatre executive director Tony Green said the news had been a “bombshell” and that he had been given two days to leave the premises.

He added: “I have been advised that the pub has been sold and that the new landlords do not ‘figure theatre as part of their plans’.”

He claimed that he was meant to have a three-month notice period, but that the clause had not been honoured.

Green is now seeking new premises in Twickenham, where he has lived for 25 years.

The Twickenham Theatre officially opened in September with Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd, starring Bedella and Sarah Ingram.

Green said he was not “disheartened” by the news that he had to leave the pub because the success of the musical had shown him “there is indeed a market in the area for a fringe space which produces quality productions”.

“It means there will be a pause in delivering on the goal whilst we go out and find somewhere else,” he said.

The Twickenham Theatre had a number of shows planned over the coming months, including a Christmas production.

The London Road could not be contacted for comment as The Stage published the story.