‘My first ever gig in London was at a small club in Walthamstow and it would be a fine idea to be able to return to Walthamstow and play one of the newest venues in London.’
Eddie Izzard

This will be a place where local, national and international artists perform. Where ideas and passions are ignited, cultivated and realised. Where true originality thrives, and everyone is welcome.

Walthamstow is known for its creative alumni. Not only will this renovation and rebuild create opportunity for new jobs, it will become the place to grow, rehearse, create and inspire the next big thing.

Over the last five years we’ve worked across the borough with grassroots community programmes and participation projects in schools. From enabling local students create plays for professional theatres, 11-16 year olds working to sharpen their theatre making skills, commissioning children 6 to 11 to write plays and everyone in the borough to get involved with activities across the borough’s parks; we’ve been engaging Waltham Forest residents in our programme.

The next step is to bring national and international talent to complement this ongoing work, to inspire the next big stars of tomorrow.

If you have any thoughts, ideas, memories or suggestions, on our plans for the former EMD / Granada Cinema, or our wider plans for Waltham Forest, we’re keen to hear them.

Send them to us by emailing walthamstow@sohotheatre.com

The Walthamstow cinema has a rare touch of glamour and it would be an absolute tragedy if east London were to be permanently deprived of this beautiful jewel.”

Meera Syal, Actress

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