Letter to the Editor: Please don’t close our theatres

The Secombe Theatre

The Secombe Theatre

First published in Letters

I read with much dismay and sadness that the council are planning to close the Charles Cryer Theatre, Secombe Theatre and Wallington Hall and offer them up to developers. 

Many of the productions performed there are of a very high standard.   The Carshalton Pantomime Company’s two-week pantomime held at the Secombe Theatre I believe is usually sold out for every performance and makes money for local charities.       

Most of the local theatre companies use the theatres, with some coming from other boroughs - Merton and Croydon - to perform there because their own boroughs can’t offer them the facilities they want.  

The Warehouse Theatre in Croydon having already been destroyed.  

The Wallington Hall is an old building as is the Secombe Theatre having once been a church, but the Charles Cryer Theatre was purpose built and opened by Prince Edward, in place of the old Carshalton Hall, and must have cost the council a lot of money.  

I read that the Whitehall, Honeywood Museum and Little Holland House have been granted protection as buildings of historical importance, but surely a lovely building like the Charles Cryer Theatre should also be granted protection.

If savings HAVE to be made then I would say close the Secombe and Wallington Hall, but PLEASE may we save the Charles Cryer Theatre.   For it to be taken over by developers and demolished would, in my opinion, be a great tragedy.

Penelope Ayliffe

Carshalton

 



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7:19pm Thu 4 Sep 14

ResidentTony says...

I agree about the value these theatres bring - it is hard to express in pounds and pence the extent to which they enhance people's quality of life. They should all be kept.
I agree about the value these theatres bring - it is hard to express in pounds and pence the extent to which they enhance people's quality of life. They should all be kept. ResidentTony
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