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Petition to save the Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle


A message from Richard Littman, the director of the Coronet Theatre:

I own the Coronet Theatre in Elephant and Castle in London and am after your assistance ( The original venue was built in the 1870’s and rebuilt after a fire several years afterwards.  Previously called the Elephant Theatre and Theatre Royal.

It is rumoured that Charlie Chaplin played the Coronet Theatre as a youngster and I am looking to get this confirmed because the venue is at risk of being knocked down by a developer. I am trying to prove to the council and the landlords that the venue has important London History and proving who performed at the venue is crucial to its success.

There is a dedicated website to the history of the Coronet done by a historian and the link is here

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated and any press clippings. I was on the London BBC radio last week launching our campaign and proof that Charlie Chaplin performed would raise the profile hugely.

I am desperate to try and save the venue for the 100 or staff I employ and for the community, and would be grateful if you could sign the petition below. We are part of the Theatre’s Trust in the UK which is a National Advisory Body and as such they are also supporting securing our future.

Kind regards,
Richard Littman




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London SE11 4TH


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I signed the petition, remember going there to see the Beta Band in 2004, one of their last ever gigs. The Coronet has lot of character and it'd be shame if it closed



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