The Soho Poly, based in our Lower Titchfield Street building from 1972-1990, was one of London’s most important post-war alternative theatre venues. The theatre was ahead of its time in promoting diverse voices, supporting BME, LGTBQ+ practitioners, and women in particular. It is also one of the very last venues from the period that exists in its original form - a site of significant historical importance for London.
We are seeking capital costs of £1,403,870.40 for the full refurbishment of the venue offering considerable added value to the University, which will be seen as a leader in the preservation of cultural heritage, and a pioneer of new cultural production.
Architectural renders are complete and the project is fully costed. These costs include provision for disabled access, doorways made health and safety compliant, fire safety measures, general refurbishment and refit, and an upstairs foyer and Maker Space.
To advance the accompanying heritage preservation work, we are also applying to a major heritage funder. This bid will include proposals for: a three-year schools’ engagement programme; the collection of oral histories from many practitioners in later life and a major on-site heritage interpretation programme. This does not include capital costs.
Since 2012, we have successfully revived the Soho Poly Theatre, by running pop-up arts festivals, gigs, play-readings, poetry events, book launches and exhibitions. We have also engaged in vital outreach work.
We are now in a prime position to approach funders for capital costs to renovate our historic theatre. If you would like to donate or learn more about the project, please contact: [email protected].
Find out about the history and events that have taken place to reinvigorate this venue on the Soho Poly project page.
Watch this video to find out more about Soho Poly and the restoration project: