Giant Olive Theatre has ended its residency at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre after the pub venue’s owner served the company notice on its tenancy.
The north London theatre is owned by pub chain Young’s, which told Giant Olive in May that it must depart the premises by mid-November.
In a statement, artistic director George Sallis confirmed the company had now left the building.
He said it had “intended to leave earlier”, but added: “I needed to stay on, however, and ensure that the management of the theatre was given to the right person for the job.”
He continued: “I would like to thank Young’s for its support over the last few months and wish them and the new theatre management team all the best for the future.”
When asked by The Stage, the pub chain declined to reveal the identity of the theatre’s new management.
Young’s did not offer a reason for instructing Giant Olive to exit the venue, but told The Stage in May it was important the pub’s theatre space had a tenant “who we and the pub management feel we can work constructively with”.
In response to Giant Olive’s departure from the theatre, a spokesman for the pub chain said: “Young’s would like to place on record our thanks to George for all that he has done at the Lion and Unicorn, and we wish him all the very best for his future endeavours.”
Giant Olive now plans to tour its production GOlive to towns and cities including Oxford, Swindon, Winchester and London in 2016.