Warehouse Theatre assets sold off as demolition nears
The Warehouse Theatre was stripped of its remaining assets last week in what will probably be its final curtain call.
The theatre’s administrator Jeremy Frost was at the site on Dingwall Road last Friday where he sold items to interested parties.
But the day wasn’t without incident, when one mover was alleged attacked with a stick and called a thief by a passionate supporter of the theatre.
A police spokesman said officers were called about the alleged incident and spoke to the victim who didn’t want to press charges but wanted an apology.
Mr Frost, who was appointed as the administrator last year, said if they didn’t sell the items they would be thrown into a skip.
Saif Bonar, of Matthews Yard, purchased some items for his new Kickstarter Studio. Theatre group Bierkeller also took some items away.
Mr Frost said: “On the Friday morning Saif Bonar and another group said they would do a deal on some items.”
He added the alleged attack happened when one of the groups who were buying the equipment was accosted by a supporter of the theatre.
He said: “I suspect the building will be gone within a month.
He added: “But I believe the Warehouse Theatre has a future in Croydon in some form.
“We have a group of people who will talk to Stanhope/Schroders about having a theatre at the site in the future.”
The remaining equipment and other items such as posters will be sold by the administrator in due course.
The theatre’s former artistic director, Ted Craig, was also at the theatre and expressed his disappointment at what was happening.
Mr Craig said he didn’t see anyone getting hit with a stick.
“I knew exactly what was going on. The administrator was moving equipment out of the theatre. It was an appalling state of affairs.
“There wasn’t any respect for the theatre whatsoever. We made an offer for the equipment but it was ignored.”
Saif Bonar, owner of Matthews yard, said he understood why there would be tensions about equipment being sold off from the theatre.
“It was the last opportunity to salvage things and hopefully we can give it a new lease of life. It is a sad situation though.”