Statement on Secombe and Charles Cryer Theatres

Christmas Lights and Snow in Carshalton Village in times past

Christmas Lights and Snow in Carshalton Village in times past


Following the recent marketing of the Secombe Centre and Charles Cryer Theatres Sutton Council has received a range of expressions of interest as buildings suitable for community use with commercial leases attached. The marketing of the theatres follows Sutton Theatre Trust, appointed in 2015 to run both venues as theatres, going into administration earlier this year. The council will be reviewing the proposals received in the New Year.

A spokesperson said:

“To help balance ever-tightening budgets in 2014/15 we took the difficult decision not to continue directly managing the Secombe Centre and Charles Cryer Theatres. Sutton Theatre Trust took took on the day to day management and promotion of the theatres and unfortunately the Trust also proved not to be viable.  We are now carefully reviewing expressions of interest we have received to be certain they are viable as we are no longer able to subsidise theatre provision or the buildings in question. The council remains committed to encouraging and enabling a diverse range of arts and cultural activity in the borough which will soon be set out in our cultural strategy.”

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