New theatre company poised to take over at The Tabard

Image above: Theatre space above the Tabard pub.

“They get the kind of shows I think the community wants” – Tabard General Manager John Higginson

A new theatre company is poised to take over the theatre space above the Tabard pub in Chiswick.

Chiswick Playhouse closed in March when pub owners Greene King did not renew the lease of the company that ran it, Sightline, owned by Chiswick resident Fred Perry. Fred had been involved in the running of the theatre since 2005, taking over as sole leaseholder five years ago and rebranding it as The Chiswick Playhouse in 2019.

Greene King advertised the studio theatre, which seats 90 people, to let with property agents James A Baker and they had a lot of interest. They interviewed five candidates at the end of April out nearly 70 applicants, 18 of whom were “serious bids” according to the pub’s general manager John Higginson.

A panel of four – John, his area manager at Greene King, the estate agent and a surveyor – made a unanimous choice based on the offer presented by the theatre company, which will not be named until the legal contract has been signed.

“They get the area. They get the kind of shows I think the community wants” John told The Chiswick Calendar.

“They are very community minded and they get Greene King’s values – to pour happiness into people’s lives.”

Their presentation promised new writing and high production values. They have a good track record in theatre and local roots, says John.

“These people really stood out.”

Once the legal agreement has been signed, they are hoping to get in and start putting on shows as early as June or July, he says.

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