Theatre company Giant Olive is being given notice to leave the building housing the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in London after seven years.
The north London pub theatre has been home to Giant Olive since 2008, but Young’s – which owns the building – has told the company it must leave the premises by November 15.
A spokesman for Young’s declined to give a reason for serving notice on Giant Olive, but told The Stage it was important that the pub’s theatre space had a tenant “who we and the pub management feel we can work constructively with”.
Giant Olive’s artistic director George Sallis, who also chairs the Lion and Unicorn Theatre’s board, declined to comment until later in the proceedings.
The Young’s spokesman said that the pub would continue to host a theatre, but that it had not yet started looking for a new resident company “out of courtesy”. He declined to comment on whether the theatre would change its name.
“We remain fully committed to theatre at the Lion and Unicorn, but confirm that we have served notice to Giant Olive, the current production company, and are exploring our options for a successor who can continue the strong theatrical tradition at the venue,” the Young’s spokesman said. “We’re grateful to George Sallis for his work at the venue over recent years and wish him well.”
In addition to the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Young’s owns a number of theatre pubs across London, including Barons Court Theatre and the King’s Head in Islington.