Theatre Delicatessen was established in 2007 to enable artists to stage performances outside the confines of traditional theatre spaces.
By creating innovative partnerships with commercial property owners, Theatre Delicatessen transforms vacant commercial properties into temporary ‘pop-up’ performance and theatre venues.
Theatre Delicatessen’s charitable status means that these partnerships can offer commercial property developers a number of benefits, including 80% business rate relief and the potential to reduce Community Infrastructure Levy payments.
Over the last 5 years Theatre Delicatessen worked with partners including The Property Merchant Group, Great Portland Estates, Welbeck Land, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and De Walden Estates.
How we work
Theatre Delicatessen achieves its mission through the creation of ‘pop-up’ creative hubs in empty buildings within London.
These buildings enable Theatre Delicatessen to:
- Stage a wide range of theatre productions and live art performances
- Help develop emerging artists and theatre companies, by providing affordable office, rehearsal and performance spaces
- Support the wider artistic community by offering flexible and affordable creative spaces, opportunities to work with other artists and a central ‘hub’ where work can be shared with the public
This is made possible by the way in which Theatre Delicatessen works with the commercial property sector to make use of buildings that are lying empty in the short term.
“It has been a pleasure being associated with Theatre Delicatessen. During our pre-development period the building has been kept secure and vibrant and its theatrical use has gained much support from the local community – including the local councillors. A consequent, and wholly legitimate, saving of Empty Business Rates has been the icing on the artistic cake.”
Alistair Watson, Managing Director
The opportunity for Property Owners
Through making use of whole buildings for valid, demonstrable charitable purposes, working with Theatre Delicatessen offers building owners the potential to:
- Make 80% savings on Empty Rates, through charitable occupation – last year Theatre Delicatessen saved Scottish Widows and Welbeck Land over £600,000
- Reduce Community Infrastructure Levy payments by maintaining occupation prior to redevelopment
- Represent real corporate social responsibility
- Make meaningful contributions to public art/planning strategies
Our partnerships also offer fantastic opportunities for positive public relations – both with the local community, and more widely in the property and arts sectors.
In the past Theatre Delicatessen has been profiled alongside previous landlords The Property Merchant Group in publications as diverse as Property Week and Morning Star, contributed to articles in The Economist and written about collaborations between the Arts and Business Sector for The Guardian.
“Theatre Delicatessen is an extremely energetic and pro-active organisation and their presence at 35 Marylebone High Street has certainly brought something quite unique to the area. They are a refreshing group to work with and it will of course be a disappointment and loss to see them go but we certainly wish them every success in their next venture, wherever that may be. We would be very happy to work with them in the future should the right situation arise.”
Simon Baynham, Property Director
The Howard de Walden Estate
The proposal and collaboration
The proposal is based on the premise that Theatre Delicatessen takes a ‘peppercorn’ lease on the property, with suitable termination and access protection to the owner as the company fully recognises that redevelopment will be the priority.
During the tenancy, Theatre Delicatessen would take responsibility for management of the building. We have an exemplary track record in safely and responsibly using empty building as theatre venues, and the company takes pride in a responsible and professional approach to our tenancies.
Over the last five years we have developed excellent working relationships with the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and City of Westminster Council, and work closely with these teams in applying for premises licences and temporary change of use for the buildings we occupy.
In return, Theatre Delicatessen seeks to agree a fair – but modest, certainly less than conventional rates saving “schemes” – proportion of the Empty Rates saving to fund their theatremaking.
The upshot of this collaboration is that building owner is able to save the balance, including considerable management costs, while having the opportunity of enjoying some brilliant evenings of innovative theatre.
Artistic Director, Theatre Delicatessen
07713 48 64 20
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