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The Stag to close

thestagAlthough it has been in the pipeline for some time, it has finally been confirmed that London gay bar The Stag, in Victoria, is to close down due to the redevelopment of the area. The land on which the pub stands is to become the site office for the Land Securities development at Victoria. This will also mean that the Above The Stag Theatre, which has been running above the pub for the last three years, will be homeless from the end of March.
The company is London's only theatre with a core programme of gay-themed and gay-interest work. Commenting on the closure, Peter Bull, the theatre's artistic director and producer, said, “We are commited to continuing Above The Stag's success, and we therefore urgently need a new home. We would love to hear from property developers, pubs with unused function spaces, or any other property owner who would welcome a resident theatre. We bring a well-respected programme, up to date sound and lighting equipment, and a loyal audience.”

“What we have achieved over the past three years is too valuable to lose, but we need all the help we can get to make sure we find a new home.  We want everyone to stay in touch as well so email us via the website or pop in to the pub on Thursday 8 March between 6.30pm and 9pm when we’re saying thank you and goodbye to everyone who has attended or been in our shows.”

A spokesperson at the pub confirmed the venue’s closure, telling Out In The City that the premises had to be vacated by 24 March 2012 at the latest.

Posted: 23 February 2012

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