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East London theatre company seeks new premises due to “unsustainable” rent hikes

Burgerz by Travis Alabanza Burgerz by Travis Alabanza, which played at Hackney Showroom last year.
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Hackney Showroom in East London is to leave its current home due to “unsustainable rent increases” and move to new premises in the area.

Since its launch in March 2015, the theatre organisation has been based at Hackney Downs Studios.

However co-artistic directors of Hackney Showroom Nina Lyndon and Sam Curtis Lindsay have said that due to short lease terms and year-on-year rent increases they will leave the premises at the end of the month.

The organisation will move to a temporary premises with rehearsal space, with long-term plans for a permanent performance venue in development. Further details are to be revealed.

Lyndon and Curtis Lindsay have also announced the launch of a new production company, called Hackney Showroom Productions, to expand the producing arm of the organisation.

The company will be producing Zawe Ashton’s For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad later this year.

Additionally, Hackney Showroom is to expand its artist development work by launching the Hackney Showroom Arts Lab, which is an initiative to continue supporting non-mainstream theatremakers.

Artists who are part of the programme will have use of the organisation’s temporary premises and will be provided with dramaturgical support to develop work.

Lyndon and Curtis Lindsay said: “Faced with short lease terms and unsustainable year-on-year rent increases, we have made the bold decision to leave our current building in order to pursue plans for a long term, sustainable premises that can provide a permanent home for our work, our artists and our audiences in Hackney.

“This marks an exciting new chapter for the company, as we move more towards in-house producing and artist development.

“We’re thrilled to be working with a cohort of non-traditional theatremakers who want to create full-length theatre performance.”

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