Performances return to The Playhouse after contractors work 'around the clock' to clear flood damage

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:21 02 May 2017

The Playhouse.

The Playhouse.

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The Playhouse, in Weston-super-Mare, is re-opening today (Tuesday) after it suffered from 'severe flooding' last week.

The Playhouse was flooded (Picture: Lester Solway).The Playhouse was flooded (Picture: Lester Solway).

Four fire engines were called to the venue, in High Street, on Thursday after its sprinkler system went off.

The audience, staff and performers were evacuated from the building, but there was severe flooding in the backstage area.

Three shows were cancelled, but the theatre will re-open today.

It was hoped Jasper Carrott’s performances for tonight and tomorrow would go ahead as planned, but he has bruised his ribs and is unable to perform. The shows have been rescheduled for July 24 and 25.

Playhouse manager Mark Thompson said: “A joint effort between Parkwood Theatres and North Somerset Council has seen both the in-house teams and third party contractors work around the clock to get the venue into a condition whereby shows can continue.

“Our teams are still busy contacting audience members from our cancelled shows and we hope to be able to reschedule some of these performances at later dates subject to the acts availability.

“Once again, thank you for your patience whilst we work our way through the list of individuals, it truly is appreciated.

“We’re delighted we can return the venue to the community and our shows will continue from next week.”

People who booked tickets for Jasper Carrott will also be contacted.

A theatre spokesman said: “We thank you for your patience and we wish Jasper a speedy recovery.”

* For more on this story, pick up the Weston Mercury on Thursday.

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