Theatre is restored to ‘former glory’

Gill Crouch, Dave Gentle,Lauren Organ, Chris Ioanndu, Pete Tilke, Annie Blizzard and Mark Thompson (

Gill Crouch, Dave Gentle,Lauren Organ, Chris Ioanndu, Pete Tilke, Annie Blizzard and Mark Thompson (manager) looking forward to the new season outside the new look Playhouse. - Credit: Archant

WESTON’S Playhouse theatre has been restored to its ‘former glory’ as the ‘home’ of the town’s entertainment.

Work on the High Street venue’s revamp is almost complete, through a partnership with Parkwood Theatres, North Somerset Council and the Friends of the Playhouse.

Many changes have taken place over the past few months, totalling around £47,000, including the front of the building, which has been given a facelift, and includes a new LED canopy ready to light up the theatre’s sign.

The canopy wraps around the old concrete structure encasing it, with two additional logos on the end. Underneath 20 LED lights have been fitted – a donation from the Friends of the Playhouse.

The restoration of the theatre has been led by its general manager, Mark Thompson, who joined in January.

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He said: “The renovation to The Playhouse has not only brightened up the building but also Grove Park village as a whole.

“Over the years the theatre had begun to look a little dated but with the changes we have made over the past few months it’s finally back to it’s former glory – as the home of Weston entertainment.”

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Work to the front continues, with the replacement of the slatted glass above the entrance and also a new, dark red Formica surrounding the door frames and display cases.

Two screens have also been fitted into the structure, advertising the theatre’s future performances.

The makeover continues inside with new lighting, décor and a revamp of the box office.

A new sound system will be installed this month, which has been funded by the Friends of the Playhouse.

Mark added: “I think it’s important the experience of the patron starts as they enter the building not when the show starts.

“My thanks goes to both North Somerset Council and The Friends of the Playhouse for their continued support with moving the theatre forward.

“And a special thanks goes to both Pete Tilke and Dave Gentle from my backstage team for all their incredible hard work.”

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