West London pub venue the Tabard Theatre has temporarily closed as it undergoes a change of management.
The fringe venue in Chiswick has been leased to theatre company Pulling Focus since 2005. This came to an end at the end of 2016 and the lease has not been renewed.
Circumstances around the closure remain unclear. However, the site’s owner, pub company Greene King, is in discussions with new management to take over the running of the theatre.
Fred Perry, who has been involved in running and programming the theatre for several years, is expected to stay on at the Tabard when it reopens.
Perry told The Stage that the pub’s management was “very keen to see it remain as a theatre”.
“To that end, a theatre company is in the final stages of agreeing a new lease with Greene King to ensure that the popular local venue opens again soon,” he said.
He added that several events programmed before the theatre closed, including preview shows by comedians including Jon Culshaw and Adam Hess, will go ahead over the next two weeks.
“The theatre will then be closed again for a period of refurbishment and [is] due to open formally again in March. More details about the plans for the theatre and the upcoming season will be announced soon,” Perry added.