The Criterion Theatre Trust
After acquiring The Criterion Theatre in 1992, Bourne Capital’s first step, under the direction of Sally Greene, was to establish a new artistic policy for the theatre, focusing on new writing, making the Criterion a home for the best new plays in London’s West End. Bourne Capital then proceeded to initiate a complete restoration of the interior, fitting an entirely new backstage area with dressing rooms, offices, and workshops and fitting the auditorium with the latest sound and lighting equipment. The restoration also included building two new bars (Greene and Stalls) to aid in securing the financial viability of the theatre.
The theatre’s emphasis on new writing proved immediately popular, with work by Ronald Harwood (Taking Sides), Kevin Elyot (My Night with Reg), and Jonathan Harvey (Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club).
Once the finances were secured, the theatre was then able to receive charitable status, and the Trust, chaired by Lord Attenborough, can now ensure the future of the theatre.