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Major leap forward in plans to save Streatham Hill Theatre as leading consultants announced and begin work on viability study

The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre, supported by the Mayor of London, Lambeth Council and The Theatres Trust, and backed by a successful crowdfunding initiative, have started work with FEI, the successful bidders of a hard fought competitive tender to produce a Viability Study and Economic Impact Assessment on the historic building. This will deliver a report on the theatre’s potential to become a multi-purpose arts and culture centre for the local community.

The viability study has been funded following an overwhelming community response to a crowdfunding campaign by the Friends group of local volunteers. The Crowdfund London campaign gained 440 pledges, and won the backing of the Mayor of London, Lambeth Council and the Theatres Trust. It also gained high-profile endorsements from the creative community, including Baroness Benjamin DBE, DL, Simon Callow CBE, Lolita Chakrabarti, Catherine Russell, and Sir Mark Rylance.

To deliver this project, FEI have teamed up with theatre architects Aedas Arts Team, cost and programme consultants Pulse Consult, and creative industry economists Nordicity. They will look at different options for the future of the Grade II listed building as an arts and cultural centre, and then set out a robust and compelling case to decision-makers and interested parties to come on-board.

The full text of this press release can be found at

Calling all creatives!

The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre’s campaign is calling on creative industry professionals to lend their support.

When we worked to publicise the crowdfund earlier in the year, the Friends were fortunate enough to receive the backing of Simon Callow CBE, Catherine Russell, Lolita Chakrabarti, Lucie Shorthouse, Samira Ahmed, Sir Mark Rylance and Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE.  As we looked to reach out to others, we were amazed to find such strong past and present local creative industry connections, both in front of and behind the scenes.  This led us to put together our Vision Statement to send out to creative industry professionals, mostly, but not all, with Streatham or South London connections, who would want to see our wonderful ‘Sleeping Beauty’ of a theatre restored as a vibrant creative hub for the wider community.

We’re launching our list of individual creative industry supporters on the 91st birthday of Streatham Hill Theatre on the 20th November 2020.  In the meantime, we’re contacting creative industry companies and showing that they support the campaign by adding their logos here at our new website.   This is particularly important, as over the coming weeks, FEI, the consultants who won the tender for the viability study and economic impact assessment, will be wanting to look into any opportunities for collaboration as part of their studies.

We’d very much like to encourage any creative professionals or companies to email to be included, and for those on social media to help us spread the word about the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre’s ongoing campaign!

Helena Breck, Jenny Eastop, Jane Goddard & Matt Haskins
FoSHT’s Creative Vision Statement Group

Welcome to our new website

We have spent some of our volunteer time creating a new, easier to use website. Watch this space for further updates.

Our blog covers key events throughout the history of the building from the 1920s, and the story of our campaign right up to date.

We now have online photo and video galleries.

The heritage of the lighting control systems

At our campaign meeting on 15th July 2020, Matt Haskins, international lighting designer, presented an illustrated history of the lighting control systems at the theatre. His slides are available here.

A vision for the future: July 2020

Our volunteer architecture team has created a vision of how the building can be adapted to suit future use as a flexible multi-purpose arts and culture centre, with workspace for creatives and small businesses. Here are some of the artists’ impressions.

Crowdfund Target Exceeded! Thank you! What’s happening next?

Thanks to your great support we reached the target before the deadline!

Since then we have been working with the Mayor of London & the GLA to make arrangements for their pledge to be paid – it will be released in stages. Meanwhile your pledge will soon be taken by Spacehive – watch out for messages from them. And Lambeth will be releasing their pledge too.

In recognition of your support, we have made you a member of the Friends – there’s no charge for membership. We have also put you on our email list for our regular newsletters with updates on the progress of the study project and the wider campaign. An archive of messages is available here. If you find you are not getting those newsletters, you can sign up to the list here. If you want to unsubscribe from the email list at anytime you can click the link in any of the messages you receive.

We also hold regular fortnightly online campaign meetings which you are very welcome to join in – details in the newsletters. The next one is also our Annual General Meeting where we elect our committee, and we will also be voting on charity status.

We are working on a tender to send out to potential providers for the viability study, and thanks to a grant from Theatres Trust we can extend the scope of work to include an economic impact assessment to help show the benefits a revived building can bring, especially as we exit COVID-19.

Thanks once again and watch out for updates on saving Streatham Hill Theatre.

Wow thanks, we hit the crowdfund target! And Lambeth adds £7,500!

Wow, we hit the target early! Thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign and pledged so far. The target has been a bit of a moving one as it includes estimated Spacehive platform and transaction charges which depend on the number and size of pledges, so a new pledge can change the target making it difficult to hit exactly, but thanks to those who tried that!

We’ll continue to keep the crowdfund open until the target date as any overfunding beyond the target can be used to support the campaign and go towards future phases, such as an Economic Impact Assessment to show the benefits to the local economy from regenerating the old theatre as a new arts and cultural centre.

AND IN BREAKING NEWS we’ve have heard from Lambeth that they are giving £7,500 towards the campaign which is a great boost. Thanks to everyone there who has been helping us. More to follow.

Lambeth backs FoSHT campaign

Lambeth Council has backed up the commitment it made to Streatham in the recently published Streatham Investment & Growth Strategy 2019-30 by committing £7,500 to the crowdfunding campaign set up by the Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre (FoSHT), as part of their ambition to revive the former theatre.

Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes, wrote to the friends group, congratulating them on running an effective and inspiring campaign that had gained strong local support.

He said: “I‘m delighted this money will see the campaign meet its fundraising target and I look forward to working with the owners, FoSHT, the BID and others in bringing the former theatre back into productive use.”

A virtual tour of Streatham Hill Theatre

For our first online campaign meeting on 8th April 2020, David Harvey our chairman, presented a virtual tour of the theatre. The slides are available here.

Mayor of London pledges £15,000 to Crowdfund

We are very happy to have received a pledge of £15,000 from the Mayor of London’s Crowdfund London scheme

Thanks to the Mayor and everyone who has pledged so far.