Plans to create a 640-seat theatre at the former Borough Hall in Greenwich town centre are moving forward as Greenwich Council continue discussions with a company that provides “West End type shows”.
A rooftop bar is also proposed though it’s important to note the Borough Hall part of the building is separate from the Town Hall which was sold in the 1970s.
Council documents state: “‘The company’s’ proposal is intended to provide an alternative to the saturated and expensive West End market place”.
It would offer a “markedly” different output than the existing Greenwich Theatre. One aim for the authority is to increase tourist numbers. More hotels are planned nearby.
The Grade II listed Borough Hall is in poor condition with occupiers ordered to leave in 2018. Since then it has been squatted. At least £10 million was said to be required in 2010 to fix issues. The council document states: “an Expression of Interest has been received that requires no public funds”.
A plan in 2014 failed and costs by then had reached £13m to £21 million.
Consultation plans should follow in coming months.