Posted: 15.05.20 at 11:09 by Joe Macey
The Hall for Cornwall based in Back Quay, Truro announced that due to "uncertainty" surrounding opening this year, the date for reopening has been reviewed.
The date is now scheduled for Spring 2021 "at the earliest."
In June 2018, The Hall for Cornwall closed its doors of the building to create a new space and redevelop.
The theatre said how recent work on the redevelopment had moved forward with "great strides", they had finished digging out of the foundations for the new air conditioning system and the laying of timber decking at circle and balcony levels prepared for the new tiered seating is set to be installed.
"Beyond the auditorium, the Hall’s beauty was being unveiled and restored as decades of paint were removed to reveal the original granite walls," a spokesperson for Hall for Cornwall said.
Julien Boast, Hall For Cornwall’s CEO and Creative Director commented:
“This is obviously a very challenging time for everyone with ever-changing circumstances impacting all our lives.
"All theatres are fighting for their futures at the moment and, whilst the safety and welfare of everyone are the priority, we must not forget the many pledges already made to fund our redevelopment.
"At the same time members of our young people’s companies and community, projects have been working hard to offer performances and prepare for the moment when they can take their careers further in our new theatre.
"We are in close communication with our core stakeholders and funders, who are very supportive and exploring ways with us to ensure the project will continue to be successfully delivered.
"Like many other charities across the country COVID 19 is presenting us with significant challenges we need to overcome and we have been overwhelmed by the incredible messages of support we have received from members of the public during the past few weeks. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact us.
"We are seriously impatient to reopen our theatre, to show off its potential and to welcome our loyal audiences again and again to all the fun, amazement and emotion that we will all share – when we are through this - together."
Co-chair of Hall For Cornwall’s trustees, Chris Pomfret OBE said:
"When we can safely come together again, our new theatre will be a truly aspirational building where communities and creative talent unite to celebrate and innovate. We thank all the community for their continued support during these unprecedented times."
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