facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Are you missing theatre as much as we are? Support us now with Theatre Tokens and see your favourite shows when they reopen.

Arts Theatre tenants served notice

First Published 22 September 2010, Last Updated 15 August 2018

Future productions at London’s Arts theatre have been placed in jeopardy after the venue’s tenants Brasrat Ltd were served notice by landlords Consolidated St Giles LLP.

Christmas family production Puss In Boots and Woody Guthrie musical Woody Sez may no longer be staged in London as Brasrat Ltd’s lease will now terminate on 13 December. An extension to the lease to allow these productions to be performed has been refused.

The lease on the 350-seat London venue, which opened in 1927 as a members club for the performance of unlicensed plays in reaction to the censorship of the Lord Chamberlain, was signed in November 2008 and had been due to run for three years. A three-month break clause, which has now been enforced, was included due to Consolidated’s desire to redevelop the theatre and surrounding buildings. It is thought the move was prompted by Consolidated’s bank, which believed the theatre to have been dark since May 2010.

In April, End Of The Pier Productions (EOP) was appointed by Brasrat to operate and programme the Arts theatre. Since then the venue has played host to a six-week summer run of Lillies On The Land and is currently staging A Guide To Sexual Misery. The runs of Puss In Boots and Woody Sez would fill the schedule until spring 2011, while EOP states that it is “confident the theatre will continue to be fully booked from April 2011”.

The intimate venue holds a special place in the history of British theatre. In 1955, Peter Hall staged the English language premiere of Waiting For Godot at the Arts theatre, while its stage has also seen the world premieres of Pinter’s The Caretaker and Orton’s Educating Mr Sloane. The theatre was also the first London home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.



Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.