Category Archives: Warehouse Theatre

Theatre Trust slams Sutton Council over stage closures

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on the latest independent body to find fault with the south London council Sutton’s polluting, thieving and cage-fighting Liberal Democrat councillors and ex-councillors have now attracted the anger of the usually mild-mannered Theatres Trust. In … Continue reading

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Godfrey becomes third senior Labour councillor to quit

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest senior council figure to announce that they won’t be seeking selection for May’s local elections Timothy Godfrey last night became the third Croydon Council cabinet member or deputy to announce that they are to … Continue reading

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Newman breaks manifesto promise over Boxpark festival

Tony Newman’s Labour council has broken one of its 2014 manifesto commitments, after diverting £160,000 of public money from its intended free annual music festival to pay towards private business Boozepark’s opening shindig next month. The council-run Ambition Festival was … Continue reading

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Town Hall’s theatre of the absurd to stage some real drama

Having closed down its original venue and with its alternative venue temporarily shut for refurbishment, Croydon Council has had to turn over the Town Hall chamber this weekend to the Warehouse Theatre for it to be able to stage its … Continue reading

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Your chance to drink to the future of the Warehouse Theatre

It’s been said often enough, possibly a tad cruelly, that Croydon’s Town Hall chamber has too frequently provided a platform for comedians or staged unconvincing melodramas. Come September, the chamber will for once stage some real drama when the Warehouse … Continue reading

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Warehouse Theatre celebrates 30 years of playwriting festival

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Playwriting Festival organised by the late and much-lamented Warehouse Theatre. The Warehouse Theatre, housed in an old coal merchants’ warehouse on the edge of what is now the Ruskin Square development, … Continue reading

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100 jobs will be lost with two-year Fairfield Halls closure

The battle for Croydon’s cultural future took a twist at the Town Hall last night, with local Tories arguing against job cuts and wanting to spend more public money on the borough’s flagship arts facility, as STEVEN DOWNES reports Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Ruskin Square site finally proves to be something to bank on

Overlooked in the build-up to the election last week came some news in the trade press that could prove more significant to Croydon’s future event than the £1 billion Hammersfield development. Who would have thought at any time over the … Continue reading

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International playwriting festival at Fairfield Halls, June 6-7

The Warehouse Theatre’s 2015 International Playwriting Festival will take place at the new studio theatre at the Fairfield Halls on June 6 and 7. The deadline for entries for this year’s competition has been extended to March 15. The IPF … Continue reading

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Boxpark pop-up retail outlet set to come to East Croydon

Croydon looks set to get its own Boxpark retail marketplace, right next to East Croydon Station. Croydon Visitor Centre and the computer gadget shop next door on the concourse area of East Croydon Station are being moved out to make … Continue reading

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‘This is the season of delivery for culture in Croydon’

Councillor TIMOTHY GODFREY, the council cabinet member for culture, responds publicly to concerns regarding the immediate future, and safety, of the Fairfield Halls Five months into the newly elected Labour council in Croydon and you begin to see the rewriting … Continue reading

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Godfrey dismisses Tory ‘scaremongering’ over Fairfield Halls

A Croydon council cabinet member has hit out at what has been described as deliberate scaremongering and “opposition for opposition’s sake” from a Conservative councillor, who last night announced to a community association annual meeting that the Fairfield Halls was … Continue reading

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The Commitment: a new work at the Warehouse Theatre?

Ted Craig, the director of the Warehouse Theatre at East Croydon which was forced to close two years ago, has warmly welcomed the news, reported by Inside Croydon, that Ruskin Square developers Stanhope are keen to stand by their pledge … Continue reading

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Building a new Croydon won’t be boring, promises Negrini

Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s head of planning, this week rejected earlier schemes – drawn up by the previous Conservative council – for Fairfield Halls to be virtually surrounded by high-rise housing as “really, really boring”. Instead, Negrini told hundreds of … Continue reading

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Ruskin Square could include theatre if council refunds £3m

Croydon could get a purpose-built, modern 200-seat studio theatre to replace the much-lamented Warehouse Theatre, provided that the council re-allocates a £3 million grant originally intended for the purpose by private developers Stanhope. The news comes as the now Labour-run … Continue reading

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Places for People appointed to run Ruskin Square flats

And so the build begins. The construction sites, cranes and scaffolding sprouting around the borough shows that there is indeed some economic activity going on, and now news reaches Inside Croydon Towers of a first step towards finally developing one … Continue reading

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Ruskin Square serves up another vacuous ‘installation’

Entirely unprompted by Big Eric Pickles, our loyal reader has been in touch, and attached a heart-warming picture from one of the iconic venues of Croydon heritage. The picture above was taken yesterday. “Seeing as our council’s glorious website appears … Continue reading

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Time to rebuild cultural wasteland created by Croydon Tories

VOTE 2014: TIMOTHY GODFREY, Croydon Labour’s arts and culture spokesman, says that encouraging culture, instead of axing its funding, is possible and can be done Art and culture have a civilising influence on us all. They bring people together, they … Continue reading

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Addiscombe teacher’s tale of Hastings Banda attracts plaudits

Among the four plays in the final of the International Playwriting Festival being staged at the Fairfield Halls this weekend is a new piece called Ngwasi, written by a science teacher at Trinity School, David Klempner. Born in Cape Town, … Continue reading

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Ever felt you’re being taken for granted? Welcome to Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Don’t be taken-in by promises of “new” money bringing a “new dawn” for our borough, says CHARLOTTE DAVIES So what if the Tories have missed out including en entire ward, West Thornton, from their election advert? It’s a … Continue reading

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Festival plays put on real shows in weekend competition

The Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Festival takes place at the Fairfield Halls next weekend, May 17-18. This is the 28th year of the festival, a product of the former Warehouse Theatre’s new playwriting policy. The festival is produced by Warehouse … Continue reading

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Requiem has sounded for Mozart Players’ Croydon future

Turtle’s. The Mela. Nestle. The Warehouse Theatre. The Riesco Collection. Allders. The David Lean Cinema. Next, the London Mozart Players? It is looking increasingly likely that the London Mozart Players will soon be added to the litany of Croydon institutions that … Continue reading

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Charity Commission forces council to drop Fairfield takeover

Croydon Council’s plans to take over the Fairfield Halls have collapsed, in yet another embarrassing and costly (for Council Tax-payers) reversal for the Conservative administration at the Town Hall. And this at a time when the costs of the much-needed … Continue reading

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Local arts cuts: “It isn’t about money, it’s about pride”

Croydon’s internationally renowned Warehouse Theatre closed last year when the local council withdrew its modest subsidy. Its historic building was recently demolished. Here, actor SAMUEL WEST explains why theatre matters Where does theatre belong in a healthy society? It’s one … Continue reading

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Pollard in arts U-turn with re-opening of David Lean Cinema

Public pressure on arts provision in the borough has forced the Conservative-run council to make a significant U-turn, with the promise of the re-opening of the David Lean Cinema for the new year. Tim Pollard, the deputy leader of the … Continue reading

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