Published: Thursday, 7th October 2021
The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton is shortly to benefit from £250,000 of investment to improve the building.
It was agreed at Cabinet in September that the building needs work, including a new roof as the current one is deteriorating and has been suffering from tile failure and periodic leaks. The building, which is owned by the borough council, has been inspected and to avoid more costly structural repairs will have the roof replaced. The work will start in Spring 2022.
Cllr Stuart Dark MBE, Leader of the borough council, said: “I am really pleased that, following my recent meeting with Brian and the great team running the Princess Theatre raising their concerns, we were able to move quickly to help them and provide the significant funds needed. The pandemic has been really hard for the performing arts and I am glad that we have been able to support their plans for a brighter future and improve a much loved venue that is a year-round centre-piece of Hunstanton life for residents and visitors alike.”
Brian Hallard, Proprietor of the Princess Theatre added: “We raised our concerns about the state of the theatre’s roof and the adverse impact it was having on our patrons and incoming shows, as their safety and comfort has always been our main priority.
"On behalf of the Princess Theatre, I would like to thank Cllr Stuart Dark and his Cabinet, for acting swiftly to remedy this situation by authorising the replacement of the roof. This investment will improve the theatre’s environmental sustainability, enhance our customers’ experience and allow us to provide high quality entertainment for the future.
"We may only be a little theatre but we have some big shows coming to the Princess next year, including Curtis Stigers, Chris Packham, Naturally 7, Hot Chocolate and many more. We look forward to welcoming everyone through these doors for many years to come.”
Cllr Carol Bower, Member for Hunstanton Ward, said: "I am delighted that the borough council is investing in our much loved theatre. It provides a huge variety of year round entertainment for our residents and visitors and greatly benefits Hunstanton’s economy.
"In the interval or for morning coffee, the Princess Theatre terrace is a fabulous place to sit and enjoy panoramic views of the sea."