It has been confirmed that a new community interest company – Upstairs at the Western CIC – will be taking over from Off the Fence Theatre Company at the end of the year to run Upstairs at the Western as Leicester’s only pub theatre.

Directors of the new team are David Bell, Jess Richards and Jess Witthaus and they will be looking at programming theatre, spoken word, music and comedy from 1 January 2017.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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