A Bristol theatre has been forced to shut its doors due to a lack of front of house facilities.

The Brewery Theatre held its last performance on January 4, after being forced to temporarily close due to the expansion of an adjacent business.

Ali Robertson, Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres who were based in the theatre said: “I am sorry to announce the temporary closure of the Brewery Theatre to audiences but I am excited by the emerging plans for the future of our second theatre space and look forward to sharing those once we have more to tell you and the support to make those plans a reality.

“In the meanwhile I am thrilled that we are producing and presenting such a wonderful season of dynamic and exciting work right across the city to complement the brilliant theatre, comedy and family work in our main building.”

The Brewery Theatre, which has been open since 2009, and Mark’s Café are no longer able to share their front of house facilities, which includes the bar and the toilets.

Because of the licencing laws, and their insurance, the theatre will now be unable to host audiences.

Tobacco Factory Theatres Beyond has launched since the closure, featuring a number of performances from the company across Bristol.

This includes shows at the Circomedia, the New Wardrobe Theatre, The Greenbank, The Loco Klub, and Zion Community Space.

The studio at the Brewery will continue to be used for rehearsals and classes.

While the long term future of the theatre is currently unknown, Tobacco Factory Theatre are hosting a public meeting on January 12 to allow members of the public to find out more.

The Brewery Theatre in Bristol has been forced to temporarily close. For more information, click here.