With the untimely demise of the Cock Tavern, a number of questions have been raised about the practices of their parent company. But are they all fair?
We’ve recently learned that the Cock Tavern – holder of a Peter Brook Empty Space Award and home to OperaUpClose, who produced the Olivier Award-winning La Bohème – have been forced to close down, due to a lack of licensing and serious health and safety concerns. As many who have been to the venue will no doubt agree, it was never the most comfortable of places to attend a performance, and who knows what would have happened should there be a fire? – but the quality of work was largely of a high standard, put together by an ambitious young creative team. Adam Spreadbury-Maher and his collaborators were rightly lauded for what they were attempting to do, and varying degrees of success followed – from the aforementioned Empty Space Award to the small matter of winning an Olivier, via the appointment of Spreadbury-Maher as Artistic Director of the legendary King’s Head Theatre. But now much of the goodwill generated from this spell seems to be dissipating, as a series of negative press articles and blog comments are being published.