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One of London's newest fringe venues, The Twickenham Theatre in south-west London, has announced that they have been forced to close their doors after the landlord has sold the building following their inaugural production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which played to sell out audiences.
According to the Executive Director of the venue, Tony Green, the 100 seat venue is attached to a pub, which has been sold and the new landlords "do not figure theatre as part of their plans". He also says that the new landlord and the brewery are not upholding the three month notice period that they had in place.
The theatre's first production was Stephen Sondheim's Victorian musical, Sweeney Todd, which starred Olivier Award winner David Bedella and Sarah Ingram. The production opened to good notices and extended its run by a week to cope with demand for tickets.
Mr Green is now actively seeking new premises in the area, where he has lived for 25 years. Opening a dedicated theatre space in Twickenham had long been a dream of his. In a press statement, he said of the news: "I am not disheartened by the recent news because the success of Sweeney Todd informs me there is indeed a market in the area for a fringe space which produces quality productions. So it means there will be a pause in delivering on the goal whilst we go out and find somewhere else."
The Twickenham Theatre is currently searching for new premises.