The Charles Cryer Centre will reopen later this month following refurbishment works.

Announcing the news, Sutton Council said the facilities will include the theatre and performance space together with a new bar/restaurant on the ground floor and potential shops to the rear.

A workshop with a full-size stage backdrop paint frames is to be let to a West End and international production company.

Councillor Steve Cook, Sutton’s lead member for cultural services, said: “I’m really pleased that we have completed this lease and that Cryer Arts can move forward with their plans to make the Cryer a real asset to the community and a successful business.

"It’s great to have a new performance and music space and this has come at a good time for our bid to be London Borough of Culture in 2023.

"I wish Cryer Arts every success and would encourage everyone to visit, use the restaurant and bar, see a performance or hire the theatre for their group.”

Early bookings include a children’s Christmas pantomime, a series of one-night drama and music shows and a photographic exhibition. The bar is on course to open in early November with restaurant service following soon after.

Cryer Arts Limited was formed to bid for the opportunity to take over the Cryer and won the competition which included presentations to community groups. As a result it was granted a 25-year lease on October 29, 2018.