Charles Cryer reopens!

Councillors Jake, Jill and Chris were very pleased to attend a gala at the Charles Cryer Centre on Friday evening, signifying the formal reopening of the theatre in the heart of Carshalton.

The event featured many local artists including young musicians from Sutton Music Service, Kazoom, The Brook Choir and Wayne Woodward. It was an incredible evening showcasing local talent, in the borough’s newly opened cultural hub.

The Lib Dem Councillors for Carshalton Central are extremely proud that Carshalton is now the focalpoint for culture and the arts in Sutton borough.

They were delighted to see the theatre was full throughout the evening, with Councillors and other individuals from across the borough coming together to support the newly reopened theatre.

Now that the Cryer is official back up and running, it is incumbent on us all to support the new theatre by going to events and shows there!

Jake, Jill and Chris would like to extend their thanks to CryerArts for running such a marvellous evening. CryerArts have their full support and wish them the best of luck with the venture in the coming weeks, months and years.

Cllrs Jake Short, Jill Whitehead and Chris Williams outside the Cryer for the opening gala on Friday evening

Charles Cryer Update

Jake, Jill and Chris are very pleased to be able to announce that following productive discussions between the Council and CryerArts, the Charles Cryer Theatre aims to open in early November now that the lease has been agreed. 

CryerArts are a locally-based collective bringing different cultural activities together. Works can now visibly be seen to be taking place on the exterior of the building as CryerArts complete the necessary works to bring the building up to standard before opening in the next few weeks.

While the process may have taken longer than some had hoped, both the Council and CryerArts have been working tirelessly to provide a major cultural space in the heart of Carshalton. 

This ambition, which is now very nearly a reality, is also backed up by Sutton Council’s ambitious bid to be the London Borough of Culture for 2023. With the exciting news about the Charles Cryer, Jake, Jill and Chris hope that residents can show their support for the Council’s bid. More information can be found by going to