From bomb shelters to bingo halls, theatres have had their fair share of alternative uses over the years, but none more outlandish than the recent discovery at a former Victorian theatre in south-east London.
Police officers responding to a break-in exposed a giant cannabis farm operating out of the Broadway Theatre in Deptford. The theatre was demolished in the 1960s but its basement and foundations were left intact.
Officers believe the illegal farm had been operating out of the abandoned basement for about a decade, raking in a dizzying £40 million profit.
In a discovery that seems more Scooby Doo than CSI, the gang in question had been accessing the factory through a secret 70ft tunnel that ran all the way from the theatre to a trap door in the bathroom of a nearby house.
Illegality aside, Tabard is quite partial to the idea of a secret tunnel from home to the theatre. Imagine, can’t face the rush-hour traffic into town or being pummeled through Leicester Square? Don’t worry, just take a quick trip to the loo and head on down the private passage (I know what you’re thinking, don’t be rude). Think about all those sold-out shows you could sneak into.
Seems like a no-brainer – Tabard can’t believe no one’s thought of it before. Come to think of it, Cameron Mackintosh is getting that penthouse built above the Novello…