Troubadour White City Theatre is to close down permanently, less than a year after launching.
Troubadour revealed that the 1,000-seat theatre will be dismantled by April after the site, on part of the former BBC media village in west London, was confirmed for redevelopment.
Operated by the team behind the King’s Cross Theatre, the White City venue comprises a 1,200-seat auditorium and a 900-seat space, and opened last July at the same time as a similar venue in Wembley Park.
However, the White City theatre’s opening show, a revival of Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Peter Pan, closed nearly two months early, while the venue has not hosted a theatre show since it ended in early September.
A statement from Troubadour, which is run by producers Tristan Baker and Oliver Royds, said the site’s developers had prevented it from staging shows for several months while redevelopment plans were pending.
It said: “Stanhope, the developers of White City Place, notified us in October 2019 that the site which includes Troubadour White City Theatre could potentially be repurposed for development. During this time we were unable to programme any further theatre productions in our two theatre spaces and therefore solely focused on hosting a combination of corporate, community and charitable events.
“We have now had confirmation that this development is going ahead and have subsequently begun work of removing the structures in order to vacate the site by April 2020.”
Both the White City and Wembley Park Theatres are built using a reusable, modular construction method that means they can be taken down and rebuilt in 12 weeks. Troubadour added that it is currently searching for a new site for the theatre and would announce further plans soon.
It also stressed that the operation of the Wembley Park theatre would not be impacted by White City’s closure.