THE STAGE is set and the curtain is poised to go up as Rugby Theatre prepares for its long-awaited reopening after two years of pandemic-enforced closure.
Live performances and film screenings will return to the Henry Street venue from March 5.
The theatre, which turns 78 this year, has undergone a major refurbishment during its two years away, with a new-look bar, improved facilities and a more inclusive social space.
Acting Artistic Director Emma Bright said: “After two long years of enforced sleep, we can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our lovely theatre to enjoy a great programme of stage productions and film showings, right in the heart of Rugby.
“We hope that our stylish improvements deliver a more inclusive and enjoyable theatre experience, within the unique setting of our historic theatre buildings – especially with our new and amazing theatre bar space.”
The theatre kicks off its stage performances with Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry (March 5-12), blending history, satire and cabaret in an offbeat take on the reign of Henry VIII.
This will be followed by the moving wartime story of a young evacuee in Goodnight Mister Tom (April 8-16), while film screenings begin with the 2021 version of the classic musical West Side Story (March 18-19).
Rugby Theatre closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, with bosses deciding to use the time to carry out key improvements.
The refurbishment sees a larger and more contemporary bar space, better access and facilities for those with restricted mobility, improved ventilation, and a studio-style performance area for members’ events such as open mic nights and poetry readings.
The theatre features local performers in everything from big-budget musicals to classic plays, modern drama, youth projects and more.
Rugby Theatre box office reopens on Saturday (February 5), and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.rugbytheatre.co.uk or calling (01788) 541234.
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