theatre given a boost as it celebrates first birthday
Princess Theatre has this week celebrated its first birthday under
the management of the town council and announced a major programme
of improvements for the coming year.
Town Council took over the theatre from Sedgemoor District Council
last Spring and has brought it back from the brink of closure.
Peter-Burridge Clayton, who chairs the Princess Management Committee,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am pleased to say that under
the control of the Town Council the cost of running the theatre
has been halved in a year despite the fact that we employ two
full-time staff. I am determined the Princess will go from strength
major refurbishment programme of the exterior of the building
is currently underway following recent enhancements that the introduction
of free wi-fi, the launch of a booking office and 40 solar panels
on its roof.
next phase of improvements will be the stage, sound and lighting.
After listening to our user groups and our desire to bring quality
performers to the town we feel we should offer quality equipment
to match," said Peter.
bar area will also be given a fresh look with new flooring, a
new shuttered bar and more traditional bar furnishings with some
soft seating combined. This will be re-named The Arts Bar."
added: "Over the next year we will also be launching a variety
of youth and community arts programmes including a young writer's
course, youth drama programmes, amateur dramatic groups and an
Princess Youth Theatre group will also be up and running in the
next few weeks."
added that new exterior illuminated signs have been ordered and
these will be installed as soon as the scaffolding comes down,
in addition to new tourist-style brown signs along Princess Street.
Friends of The Princess have also been very involved and active
over the past year and their support has been invaluable, along
with the dedication and time put in by the manager Andy Pulleyn,"
are also pushing forward with our financial projections plan and
our thanks go to our financial advisor, Alex Turco, who has given
us his time free in assisting the management committee and with
a grant application."
first reported on the transferal
of ownership of The Princess from Sedgemoor District Council
to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.
improvements are being funded from £90,640 of 'transitional
funding' which the Town Council received from Sedgemoor District
Council during last year's handover of the building.
Pictured: Burnham councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton with the
Mayor Michael Clarke and theatre manager Andy Pulleyn celebrating