Brand new premises

William Russell

Some pictorial memories of the soon to disappear Union Theatre in Southwark, one of the jewels for two decades of the London Fringe. It is not, of course, the only Fringe theatre but this particular railway arch did have something rather special about it and the catalogue of musicals over the years, as well as straight plays, is impressive.


This tribute by Drama section chair Mark Shenton to the theatre appeared in The Stage and was inscribed on the wall of the foyer.

The deas

The ticket desk.

The bar

The bar.

A customer in the cafe and the notice that the theatre is moving – Over the Road.

The foyer

The cafe at the entrance

And last, but by no means least, the gents, famed for being the worst on the fringe. Some things will not be missed.

The loo

As for what comes next – the first show in the new theatre opens on 13 July and will be a revival of The Fix, book and lyrics by John Dempsey, Music by Dana P. Rowe directed by Michael Strassen.