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Greenwich Playhouse to close in April 2012

Story by Jack Foley

GREENWICH Playhouse is to close this April (2012).

The sad news comes as a result of its lease not being renewed by hostel operators Beds and Bars.

It was confirmed in a statement by Galleon Theatre Company, who have been resident at the venue since 1995.

The venue will close on April 10, 2012 with The Duchess of Malfi as its final production from February 21 to March 18, 2012.

In a press statement Alice de Sousa said of the closure: “It is regrettable that the theatre’s landlord Beds and Bars, who have benefited for 11 years from generous revenue generated by the theatre’s substantial trade, should have their sights focused on such short term objectives as the Olympics.”

Her comments came in response to Beds and Bars’ decision to “exploit commercial opportunities offered by the Olympics”.

Located on the forecourt of Greenwich railway station, the Greenwich Playhouse is an 84-seat venue that occupies a building which has housed a studio theatre since 1989.

Galleon took residency at the venue in 1995, averting its closure in 1998 and re-opening it in 2000. Since then, it has successfully staged between 12 to 14 productions a year, attracting attendance figures of roughly 15,000 people per year.

The Greenwich Playhouse and Galleon Theatre Company are now in discussions with Greenwich Council to see if a new home in the borough can be located.