Theatre to close – director vows “The show will go on”

Besi Besemar November 3, 2016

Arts venue, 88 London Road, formerly called Emporium is to close its doors at the end of the year.


Just when director James Weisz thought he had secured the future of the theatre at 88 London Road, he says his world “has been turned upside down.”

The landlord of the premises – previously a Methodist church which over the last few years had been developed into a quirky theatre and café-bar – has given the company directors notice and 88 London Road will be bringing down the curtains at the site after the final performance of their pantomime Beauty & The Beast on January 1, 2017.

web-200The café-bar was recently separated from the theatre with plans to turn it into a Greek restaurant.

The theatre would have continued at the back of the building accessed via a separate street entrance, but now the landlord has decided to renovate the whole building and put it back on the market.

James Weisz, the theatre’s director says nothing will derail his plans to continue bringing home-grown theatre to the city, and he is currently considering several local options and opportunities. He says he will reveal his plans in due course.

Meantime, you can see 88 London Road’s performance of dark thriller Wait Until Dark until November 29, followed by their Christmas pantomime, Beauty & The Beast.

Sundae Surprise will be popping up in the café space from next week delivering hot and cold food, cake and coffee, and will run in conjunction with the theatre until the closure.

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