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New role for Vic sought

Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

The Victoria Theatre Trust, in partnership with Calderdale Council, is to carry out a study of options that could help to point the way forward for the future of Halifax’s historic Victoria Theatre.

The options will be considered after Calderdale Council’s Cabinet rejected calls by council officers to make a decision over how the theatre is to be run saying before such a decision is made they need to decide what role the theatre will play in the future.

Labour council leader Tim Swift said: “There’s been a lot of discussion about the theatre’s future, and I suspect not everyone has appreciated the challenge.

“We need to be very clear about the future of the theatre building and theatre programme before we think about ownership and governance.”

The Victoria Theatre Trust will undertake a study of options for a sustainable future for the theatre to be completed in spring 2015.

Phillip Schofield, vice chairman of the Victoria Theatre Trustsaid: “The Trust approached the council with the offer of support with a view to finding the most sustainable way of securing the theatre, and the wide range of activities it supports, in the longer term. As well as a variety of professional entertainment, the Victoria Theatre provides a great venue allowing local cultural organisations to develop and showcase their talents and add to the cultural and leisure opportunities.

 

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