News Walthamstow

Soho Theatre opening pushed back to 2025

The council has said delays to construction work have been due to ‘challenges of returning’ the Grade II listed venue to its ‘former glory’

The former EMD cinema has been under construction for the past three years.

The much-anticipated Soho Theatre Walthamstow will not open to the public until “2025”, the council has confirmed.

The delay comes amid construction “challenges” experienced by Willmott Dixon, the company leading the renovation works on the former EMD cinema. The £30million theatre had been previously projected to “soft launch” this month, followed by an official public opening in February 2024.

In a statement to the Echo, a spokesperson for the council said that delays to work “have been due to the challenges of returning a much-loved Grade II* listed venue, much of which was unused and derelict for over twenty years, to its former glory”.

This story is published by Waltham Forest Echo, Waltham Forest's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.

The council said that construction work is now due to finish at an unspecified time in “2024”, with the first performances now set to take place in “2025”.

A selection of “soft launch” events including tours, test activities, and performances will be announced next year once building works are “closer to completion”, the council added.

Work on the 970-seat venue began in September 2020 and had initially been earmarked for a March 2023 grand opening before being pushed back to February 2024. The second delay comes as a blow to the council’s vision for Walthamstow to become a “cultural quarter”.

Willmott Dixon did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

No news is bad news 

Independent news outlets like ours – reporting for the community without rich backers – are under threat of closure, turning British towns into news deserts. 

The audiences they serve know less, understand less, and can do less. 

In celebration of Indie News Week, Public Interest News Foundation's Indie News Fund will match fund all donations, including new annual supporter subscriptions for the month of June.

If our coverage has helped you understand our community a little bit better, please consider supporting us with a monthly, yearly or one-off donation. 

Choose the news. Don’t lose the news.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month.  £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or annually 

More Information about donations