The directors of Upstairs at the Western, Leicester’s only Pub Theatre, have announced their intention to end their tenure at the venue, and put a call out for successors to take over where they will leave off.

There will be a public meeting at the venue on Tuesday 11th October at 7:30pm, if you’re interested and would like to find out more.

Their current season of programming will continue until December as planned with the aim being to have new custodians from the new year.

The directors, Gary, Verity and Sally, released this heartfelt message on the venues Facebook page this week.

“If a little reminder is needed, Upstairs at the Western came to life in 2012 from an empty room above The Western. With your invaluable support it is now a successful, professional venue programming two seasons each year of theatre, comedy and spoken word in the heart of Leicester’s West End; over 4,500 people have seen shows or taken part in workshops over the past eight seasons.

However, our individual circumstances have changed over the past few years and after much thought and soul-searching, we have decided it is now time to hand over the reins of running Leicester’s pub theatre to somebody new.

We are therefore looking for successors to continue to run and improve the theatre as we believe it is vital Upstairs at the Western remains a jewel in the community’s crown long after we are forgotten.

The directors of Steamin’ Billy Brewery Company Ltd (owners of The Western) have said they would continue to support the new custodians of the venue and we are now focussing attention on finding a successor. The current season of programmed shows will continue (to 17 December 2016), with the new custodians programming from 2017.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to express an interest in Upstairs at the Western, please contact our volunteer coordinator Iain Baughan on 07836 710442 who will be happy to speak with you in the first instance.

We hope to see you at the venue before this current season ends in December, however, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and commitment to
Upstairs at the Western; it wouldn’t have been such a success without you.”

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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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