The Boulevard reopened in October 2019 and sadly closed in 2020 due to COVID-19. The company was in its infancy and had to close due to circumstances out of its control. In the 6 months of it being open, the Boulevard Theatre produced acclaimed productions of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet and Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited, and was due to open Lucy Prebble’s The Effect just before its closure. Alongside its own productions, the Boulevard ran a vibrant programme of late night and Sunday events including comedy, jazz, podcast recordings, live poetry and more. The Boulevard restaurant also experienced great success, with excellent reviews from customers and critics alike.
The talented, dedicated and incredible team that the Boulevard had the privilege of setting up and working with were:
Founder & Chair – Fawn James
General Manager – Leon Scott
Artistic Director – Rachel Edwards
Executive Director – Martin Ball for Creative Juice
Commercial Director – Lawrence Keal
Finance Director – Rachel Kennedy
Management Accountant – Alex Newsome
Production Coordinator – Stephen Daly
Line Producer (Lates and Sunday Service) – Emma Groome
Head Chef – Greg Hillier
Chef de Partie – Adam Diouf
Commis Chef – Baba Fuseini Awol Tanko, Valerica Florentina Farcas
Kitchen Porter – Emanuele Michelucci
Restaurant Manager – Sebastian Hernandez
Restaurant Supervisor – Jordan Lane
Floor Supervisor – Lilia Laterza
Bar Supervisor – Luis Antonio Perez
Head of Sales and Marketing – Lucie Blockley
Event Sales and Relationships Manager – Beatrice Outram
Marketing Assistant – Emma Lord
Marketing Assistant – Rossella Cilia
Sales & Marketing Consultant – Kym Bartlett
Theatre Press Representative – Ben Chamberlain, Laura Myers and Natasha Krstic-Howe for The Corner Shop PR
F&B Press Representative – Salt PR
Head of Technical – Ryan Beattie
Technical Supervisor – Jamie Adams
Venue Manager – Nikolai Ribnikov
Duty Manager – David Hunter, Joanne Williams
Front of House – Lydia Andricopoulou, Greg Barnes, Siobhan Bevan, Liam Blain, Emma Brand, Romildo Braha, Rukaya Cesar (Cover Duty Manager), Ayesha Charles, Paolo Ciccarelli, Lucinda Davidson, Tazmyn Gebbett, Kamila Gorecka, Michalina Gutowska, Zara Huband, Willy Hudson, Ben Hunter, Alex Jackson, Mariusz Machtalowicz, Martin Madsen, Sara Markou, Kitty Ostwald, Liviu Sandu, Erisa Shahipi, Sophia Kenna, Casey Taylor-Williams, Greg Smith, PJ Stanley, Aleksandar Stoyanov, Josh Stride, Bea Svistunenko, Ryan Towart, Clare Trim (Cover Duty Manager)
The original Boulevard Theatre site began as a sister venue to the Raymond Revuebar, running under the same name, and providing additional bar and restaurant facilities alongside gaming tables.
It later became a small theatre in its own right, known as the ‘Elle et Lui’ theatre. Due to the similarity in genre of shows and competition that the ‘Elle et Lui’ theatre created for the Revuebar and the Windmill Theatre, the theatre was closed and reopened as the ‘Boulevard Theatre’, establishing a separate entrance and making it a stand-alone venue.
The Boulevard Theatre presented various productions, including erotica, stand-up comedy and straight plays. It was most famously known as the home of Peter Richardson’s Comic Strip which launched the careers of many household names such as Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rik Mayall and Alexei Sayle in the 1980s.
Over the years, shows included: ‘Women Behind Bars’ c.1977; Jeremy Taylor’s ‘Back in Town’ c.1979; ‘The Marilyn Chambers Show’ c.1979; ‘The Comic Strip Presents’ c.1980; ‘The Collector’ (by John Fowles, adapted by David Parker) c.1984; ‘Infidelities’ starring Jill Bennett c.1986, and Eddie Izzard’s ‘Raging Bull’ comedy club c.1989.