Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What Fate the Theatre Royal

Is the Theatre Royal in Margate doomed?

It's rumoured that staff at the Theatre Royal in Margate could be made redundant in a deal that may see the current operation changed in favour of a more community-based arts project.

At a closed meeting on Monday, theatre Trust members heard that Thanet council wishes to buy the theatre and lease it back to the Trust, subject to an independent survey and valuation.

Where will the ghost go or will it (he/she) be roped/volunteered into a community project too?


Anonymous said...

The Theatre team has done a wonderful job over the last few years and Theatre Royal is gaining increasing prominence. Although TDc has supported it with funding I just hope to goodness the Trustees do not let TDC get its hands on it. It is not the job of Councils to run businesses and who wants more PC arty farty nonsense in margate?

Michael Child said...

Well if Margate has one jewel left in its crown it’s Theatre Royal, it is an interesting reflection on Thanet District Council that they wish to repair one on the few remaining leisure facilities that still works properly. We are becoming familiar with phrases like, community-based arts project, it means they have marked their next victim. The inference that the Theatre Royal is neither, community-based nor artistic is the thing that must be spread, and there will be people who will believe it. My wife and I were married there, all the local amateur dramatic societies and opera groups perform there. Here in Ramsgate the Granville theatre has been turned into a cinema in a way that has made the main auditorium unusable as a theatre. You may be aware of other community-based projects that relate to leisure facilities in Ramsgate, these include: The demolition of the marina swimming pool; The demolition of the adjacent Victorian theatre; The removal of the majority of the beach for port building materials; The rejection of the sea life centre, The closing of the royal Victoria pavilion sun deck, The efforts to provide the world war 2 museum in the tunnel. The concreting over of most of the parking on the sea front. The closing of the model village. The removal of the tourist information centre to where tourists are unlikely to find it. The removal of all the beach huts. The closing of the motor museum. Sorry that was a bit of a rant but this sort of thing makes me annoyed.

“The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks a victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments.” Henry Clay 1755-1852

Anonymous said...

Its a lovely theatre and it WILL be doomed if TDC get their grubby paws on it.
TDC need to look after their core resposibilities and not get involved with affairs outside their remit and mandate.

Anonymous said...

Did they not get a lottery grant a few years back.....just how are they short of cash?

Anonymous said...

Please Please dont let this beautiful theatre fall foul to tdc..can we get a petition up and maybe get support from famous actors?Brenda blethwin and i think joanna lumley have shown their support before..this cannot happen it IS the jewel in thanet and a marvellous asset.