Timeline of recent events at Estrela Hall

  • November 2016: The division of the Estrela Site in the land registry is now almost complete. This means that its current owners, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, can choose to offer the site to the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, who then have a two week window to save Estrela hall by accepting the offer.

    In the event that the CML do not accept this offer, the proposed sale of this land to a private buyer will go through, and we will be facing ‘Vacant Possession’ i.e. Lisbon Players, the oldest theatre group in Lisbon, and a source of joy and culture to you, the people of this city, for nearly 70 years, will be evicted from its home !!!

  • June 2016: The British Ambassador has begun the process towards eviction of the LP, and other users of the Estrela Site. (A Embaixadora Britânica iniciou o processo de despejo contra os Lisbon Players, bem como outros utilizadores do Quarteirão Inglês.)
  • 2nd June: The Misanthrope opened to a full house
  • Also on 25th April: Our forthcoming production, The Misanthrope, had its first read-through.Performance at British Retirement Home
  • 25th April: Lisbon Players performed at an event at the British Retirement Home, in an event organised by the British Community Council.
  • 21st April continued: Lisbon Players’ production of Antigone opened at Estrela Hall: members of the 7ª Comissão (AML) were present.
  • Also on 21st April: The 7ª Comissão of the AML visited Estrela Hall. The AML, in their vote on 23rd February, decided to mandate the 7ª Comissão to monitor this situation, listening to the Lisbon Players, the Lisbon City Council and the Junta de Freguesia of Campo de Ourique, and proposing to the plenary of the Assembly to approve the additional enquiries thought necessary in defence of cultural values, and the historical heritage concerned.
  • 21st April: stakeholders (the various entities involved in the sale of the ‘Estrela Site’) were informed by the Embassy that they will shortly be writing to each occupier confirming the date by which they expect vacant possession to be given.
  • 6th April: Stephen Bull spoke at the CML’s meeting in Campo de Ourique. Link to film not available: (A request for a copy of the film and/or minutes has been sent to CML.)
  • 2nd April: an email was sent to Philip Hammond (Secretary of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to whom the petition is addressed) by a supporter of LP. We were sent a copy of a reply from the Asset Manager for the FCO’s estate in Europe, Terry Alloway. This message reiterated the FCO’s position regarding The Lisbon Players, and mentioned that the FCO has encouraged the Players to find alternative accommodation, and that the promissory contract involves the buyer taking over the site with vacant possession. It does not include any mention of the AML’s vote on 23rd February to study the best way to ensure the permanence of the Lisbon Players in Estrela Hall.
  • 20th March: Lisbon Players’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held. New committee elected.
  • 3rd March: Lisbon Players were informed by the British Embassy that a Promissory Contract had been signed. Completion is anticipated up to 6 months after the signing of the Promissory Contract. This implies up to 3rd September.
  • 23rd February: the Assembleia Municipal de Lisboa (AML) unanimously passed a recommendation proposed by Helena Roseta, President of the AML, and Pedro Cegonho, President of the Junta de Freguesia de Campo de Ourique, in the light of the impending sale of the Quarteirão Inglês (Estrela Site) to a private investor. http://www.am-lisboa.pt/302000/1/004411,000075/index.htm