Production company takes up residence in Blakehay Theatre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 July 2015

The Blakehay Theatre.

The Blakehay Theatre.

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A WESTON theatre will once again have its own resident production company.

Weston Town Council agreed on Monday for Sunshine Productions to become the new company in residence at the Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street.

The town council took over the theatre in 2003, when its resident company was the Blakehay Actors, who folded three years ago.

Sunshine Productions has put on a number of successful shows at the venue, including Avenue Q, resulting in £10,125 being made through ticket sales.

Its most recent production Bonnie & Clyde sold nearly 80 per cent of its tickets, making £10,000.

Since 2010, the theatre’s income has increased from £43,647 to £75,587, and the amount being spent on the venue has decreased.

The town council spent £148,909 on maintaining the theatre in the 2011-12 financial year, but £135,997 in 2014-15.

Sunshine Productions will be the resident company for a trial period of 12 months.

As part of its new arrangement with the town council, Sunshine Productions will be able to rehearse at the theatre, and will perform one or two musicals a year.

It will also produce four annual concerts at the venue.

The new arrangement will not cost the council anything.

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