Epic journey so far for theatre

Cast of Sweeney Todd
Cast of Sweeney Todd

Drama at Brighton theatre 88 London Road is not always restricted to the stage.

Taking a rundown Methodist church and turning it into a theatre and working space for the community has been an epic journey so far for proprietor James Weisz, and the latest act is still unfolding.

For those who have visited, the theatre at the rear of the building was accessed through a large, quirky and impactful space used as a café-bar and community meeting place.

The curtains have had to come down on the café-bar now as the upkeep of the facilities and inconsistent income proved too much of a challenge for the 88 team and a drain on the theatre company.

“My passion is concentrating on theatre and the arts in Brighton and continuing to run as a CIC (community interest company),” says James Weisz, “and to do that and still keep 88 London Road operational, the company which ran the café-bar has had to go. We are now awaiting a new café operator to take over the front section of the premises.

“On the positive side, our recent production of Treasure Island at Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) was very well received and our new performances of Sweeney Todd are running to 29th October, also with great reviews.

“I remain committed to continuing to make home-grown theatre and professional productions at 88 London Road accessible, and the support already received from colleagues in the cultural sector locally are testament to the artistic heart and soul of this city.”