The Bunker in London Bridge is set to close next year due to proposed redevelopment of the site, its management has announced.
The fringe venue opened in 2016 in a converted car park on Southwark Street, however it will present its final performance there on March 2020, three-and-a-half years after opening its doors.
This is due to a planned redevelopment of the site by its owner.
Artistic director Chris Sonnex, who joined last year, announced the closure “not with sadness… but with pride”.
“We had much more to do, but redevelopment means we have to cut short our mission; to make a different kind of theatre, a theatre of inclusivity, transparency and kindness without losing any of our revolutionary soul,” he said.
“You won’t get to experience the Bunker after early 2020 but I guarantee that you will see the theatrical ripples of what our community of artists, staff and audiences did for years to come,” he added.
The theatre’s executive director, David Ralf, said he hoped that to find a new space for the Bunker in order to “further empower and enable artists, and allow us to make further experiments to support them”.
Since opening in October 2016, the theatre has programmed 160 productions form single-night performances to longer runs.
This has included festivals including This is Black and My White Best Friend (And Other Letters Left Unsaid), and recent shows such as Boots, Emma Dennis-Edwards’ Funeral Flowers and Jade City.
The theatre also offered free workspace for writers, and ran advice sessions for dramaturgy, directing, producing programming and PR.
Before closing next March, it will stage a month-long run of Baz Productions’ The Process, performed in English and British Sign Language, The Girl with Glitter in Her Eye, and a two-month takeover season of “artist-led week-long runs of experiments, events and performances”.
Director Joshua McTaggart, who founded the theatre, praised the “incredible team of artists and theatremakers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines who rallied together to transform that space into what it is today; a home for creativity, collaboration, risk-taking and storytelling”.