A theatre set up in a former shop in Coventry to allow audiences to enter a space and meet artists as equals is to close after 13 years.
Theatre Absolute has run the Shop Front Theatre in City Arcade since 2009, but has said it will close in November, with the premises due to be demolished next year as part of city centre redevelopment plans.
The theatre, inspired by a model in Chicago, was set up by Theatre Absolute Artistic Directors Chris O’Connell and Julia Negus in partnership with Coventry City Council.
It was the first, and remains the only, professional shop front theatre in the UK.
O'Connell said: “It will be immensely sad to see the space and the Arcade itself go, it’s been a brilliant home for independents.
“But we had already decided that Theatre Absolute’s future lay in progressing our work in other ways and we’re excited to start exploring that.”