The Charles Cryer Theatre in Carshalton will be brought back into use as a community arts venue following a successful bid by a local start-up company.
After the collapse of the Sutton Theatres Trust (STT) in 2016, Sutton’s Lib Dem Council pushed to have one more go at keeping the Charles Cryer for cultural or community use with a viable and sustainable plan.
The alternative would have been to sell it off to private developers and lose a valuable community venue.
A longlist of bidders was drawn up and assessed by council officers, before being whittled down to the most viable proposals. Officers recommended that CryerArts should be chosen -- a recommendation approved by Councillors.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"This is excellent news for our community. CryerArts is run by a team made up of local residents and business people with experience of running successful leisure, construction and entertainment companies.
"They plan to use the premises for a variety of events including music, film, theatre, comedy, food and drink-tasting, with a new bar and eating space in the existing restaurant.
"It will take some time to be up and running, but I look forward to once again having an established arts venue at the heart of our community."
You can read more about the good news here.