North London fringe venue the Lion and Unicorn Theatre will change management in March, and reopen with a pledge to support new writing.
Not-for-profit organisation Proforca Theatre Company will take over the operation of the 60-seat, black-box studio space from Cutting the Strings Theatre Company, which is headed by Chris Mellor and has run the venue for three years.
Proforca Theatre Company’s artistic director David Brady will become artistic director of the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, while founder of London fringe venue Theatre N16 Jamie Eastlake will join the team as executive producer.
The venue, located above the Lion and Unicorn pub in Camden, will close for a month before reopening in March under the leadership of Brady.
Eastlake will run an artist development programme at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, with the new operators pledging to support new writing and provide associate artist opportunities.
Brady said: “The Lion and Unicorn Theatre is a mainstay of the London fringe circuit, and has been a key part in our development as a company over the last 18 months.
“In conjunction with the brilliant friends and partners we’ve made over the last few years, we want to create a fringe theatre venue with the reputation to produce brilliant work from the best that the fringe has to offer.”
He added: “Taking over the theatre is going to be a fantastic adventure and we hope that everyone will come along with us for the trip of a lifetime.”
More details are to be announced about the theatre’s opening season in the coming weeks, with the venue taking submissions for its spring, summer and Camden Fringe seasons via its new website.