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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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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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Youth theatre group seeks volunteers to build for the future

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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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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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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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The Eagle has landed a future for studio theatre in Croydon

Central Croydon is to get a new performing arts space – inspired by the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign and with productions brought to south London all the way from Birmingham. For the past six months, the world-renowned Old … Continue reading

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Gone to pots: Protest against Riesco sell-off gathers pace

In just two days, 100 people, all angered by the council’s secret plans to flog off the Riesco Collection, have signed a petition to protest this latest piece of cultural vandalism in Croydon. Inside Croydon last week exposed the deceit … Continue reading

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No news is good news as BID is living in the past

“A warm welcome to Croydon Town Centre”, the slick website of Croydon’s Business “Improvement” District says. To illustrate this it is using a picture of the sadly missed Warehouse Theatre, which closed more than a year ago for lack of … Continue reading

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Playwriting Festival lives on after Warehouse closure

The International Playwriting Festival which for the past 26 years has been staged at the Warehouse Theatre has found a new producer and a new home. Warehouse Phoenix, a company formed by members and friends of the Warehouse Theatre in … Continue reading

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It’s ordinary people who pay for council’s £43m incompetence

The Sage of Waddon, ARFUR TOWCRATE, on the injustices created by Croydon Council as its allows its mountain of uncollected Council Tax to grow ever larger A few years ago I received a court summons from Croydon Council for not … Continue reading

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Fairfield in discussions over cinema use of new studio threatre

Supporters of two of the borough’s neglected arts venues, the David Lean Cinema and the Warehouse Theatre, are expected to be very concerned that management at Fairfield Halls have been holding meetings with cinema operators over the possible use of … Continue reading

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Picasso in Croydon? Making the unlikely possible once more

Plans to move the local studies and archive public desk into what ought to be the borough’s principal art gallery are condemned as the latest example of Croydon Council’s “cultural vandalism” by TIMOTHY GODFREY, the Town Hall shadow spokesman for … Continue reading

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Taking the Miki for Ashcroft’s audience of just 50

BELLA BARTOCK has been out again, this time accompanied by a responsible child to see Miki at the Ashcroft Theatre The story of Inuit girl Miki, her friends Penguin and Polar Bear and Miki’s adventures below the sea ice as … Continue reading

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Croydon needs to keep a proper grasp of its history

Norbury resident SEAN CREIGHTON expresses concern over Croydon’s proposed cuts to the local studies centre, as first reported by Inside Croydon Croydon Council plans to disengage from cultural intervention as part of the next phase of its spending cuts. This … Continue reading

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Matthews Yard seeks public donations for expansion plans

Matthews Yard, the cafe and workspace off Surrey Street which has received significant support from the council and staged several events for the likes of Gavin Barwell MP and others in the Croydon Establishment, is now asking the public to … Continue reading

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Theatre is boarded up as developers consider demolition

The Warehouse Theatre stands boarded up this morning, any hope of its re-opening even more remote after the owners of the Ruskin Square (non-)development site, Stanhope and Schroders, in midweek exercised a break clause in the lease to take back … Continue reading

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Installation that puts the guf into Ruskin Square

As you’ve stood on the platforms at East Croydon lately, have you wondered what the eclectic collection of random fixtures on the vacant site that was supposed to be “the gateway” to Croydon might be? There’s some explanation in this … Continue reading

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Secret donor pledges to double Warehouse appeal fund

The fight to save the Warehouse Theatre goes on, with a secret benefactor generously pledging to match all donations to the campaign to save the venue. As revealed by Inside Croydon, the local council withdrew the theatre’s grant in April, … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? For Croydon Council, about £3m

According to PIGGY ASHCROFT, our council wants to make a crisis out of a drama, with designs on the Warehouse Theatre‘s name and hard-won reputation as well as its multi-million pound endowment from developers Croydon Council wants to go into … Continue reading

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Warehouse Theatre: Croydon Council does the dirty deed

We reproduce here some of the key pages from the deed, drawn up in March this year, which Croydon Council has presented to developers Stanhope, demonstrating the greedy grab for the £3 million grant that had been promised to provide … Continue reading

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Warehouse supporter accuses council of “devious” plan

Croydon Council has been accused of having “a devious plan” to grab millions of pounds of development grants by closing the Warehouse Theatre. The accusation comes in a hard-hitting letter in The Stage newspaper from George Savvides, a Warehouse supporter … Continue reading

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