New owners sought for Malvern's 'world's smallest theatre' - The Malvern Observer

New owners sought for Malvern's 'world's smallest theatre'

Malvern Editorial 8th Dec, 2023   0

AN APPEAL has been launched urging people to lodge bids for Great Malvern’s historic ‘world’s smallest theatre’ to help bring it back to its former glory.

Malvern Hills District Council is inviting expressions of interest to buy Edith Walk Theatre, better known as the Theatre of Small Convenience.

The unique venue seats 12 people and in 2002 entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest commercial theatre.

It has been closed since 2017 following its founder Dennis Neale’s retirement and the District Council leased it to Warwickshire College Group until 2022.

It suffered some fire damage in 2021 but it has been cleaned up and made safe.

The council is encouraging people and organisations who can demonstrate they can provide a fully funded and sustainable use for the property to apply.




The authority’s portfolio holder for resources, Coun John Gallagher, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to own a piece of history. Not only is it a unique building in Great Malvern, but it is also world-record-breaking.

“It is essential the new owner has a comprehensive business plan for the theatre and understands the importance of sustaining the site.”


Expressions should be returned no later than 12pm on 22 January 22, 2024.

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/consultations for more information on how to make an application.

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