Plans to build the UK's first black theatre centre have stalled after millions of pounds worth of essential funding was pulled by the Arts Council.
A recent Talawa production put High Heel Parrotfish on stage
The organisation said it withdrew £4m from the Talawa Theatre company's scheme due to "organisational weakness and financial viability".
Talawa, which has been in existence for 21 years, said they were "disappointed and dismayed" with the decision.
The Arts council say they will redirect the funds to help black theatre.
A report into the best way of funding a theatre in the future has been commissioned by the organisation.
The stalled plan was to have built a new theatre centre on an existing site close to London's Victoria station.
Talawa have said they are seeking clarification from the Arts Council about their decision, which will put "the entire project in jeopardy".
The group says it remains "fully committed" to developing a permanent home for black theatre in the UK, but added it "faces an uncertain future".
The Arts Council said that they were also uncertain about the artistic and business plans of the proposed project.
Actor and playwright Kwame-Kwei Armah said: "A theatrical landscape without Talawa is totally unthinkable and undesirable and one that I would never want to see."
A further £1.8m of Lottery funding from the Millennium Commission and additional funding from the London Development Agency was to finance the theatre.
The project was predicted to cost £9.31m in total.