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Grand re-opening of the Little Theatre Gateshead following renovations to entrance, foyer and bar

 

  • Project funded by bequest from former member Jim Ord
  • Theatre now has more room in foyer and bar areas
  • ITV Tyne Tees presenters cut ribbon in ceremony
  • Members and invited guests present


8 June, 2013

 

A large group of members and friends gathered to celebrate a re-opening ceremony at the Little Theatre Gateshead following the completion of an extensive renovations project.

 

Funded by a bequest from a former member, Jim Ord, the project saw the construction of a new two storey extension at the front of the Little Theatre, providing more space in the foyer and bar areas. The theatre has also been re-painted inside and out.

 

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Pam Royle and Ian Payne of ITV Tyne Tees were present to perform the official re-opening by cutting a ribbon at the new theatre entrance.

On hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the renovated entrance were the presenters of local TV news programme Ian Payne and Pam Royal from ITV Tyne Tees & Border.


" It just stands out as a building to be proud of "
Ian Payne, ITV Tyne Tees & Border

Speaking in front of the gathered crowd, Ian Payne commented: "It just stands out now as a building to be proud of and hopefully people passing will notice there's something going on there... it is progressive".




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Members and invited guests watch on as the Little Theatre is officially re-opened.

WATCH THE VIDEO as the ribbon is cut to officially unveil the new theatre entrance


Etched tribute to Jim Ord

Progressive Players Chairman Jim Race (right)

thanks Little Theatre Chairman Robbie

Carruthers (left) for overseeing the project





The invited guests, which included the architect of the new extension and the site manager during the works, were then provided with afternoon tea where Progressive Players Chairman Jim Race thanked the Little Theatre Chairman Robbie Carruthers for overseeing the project.

 

The guests and members were then invited to watch the final performance of the June production 'We Happy Few' in the theatre auditorium.






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The theatre during the works (March 2013)

During the project, which began in March, the theatre remained open throughout and the March production 'The Crucible' and the April play 'Wife after Death' both went ahead with patrons having to use a side entrance.


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The new look Little Theatre front with extended foyer and bar area following completion of the project

new bar
The theatre bar now has an extended seating area.

new bar
The extended foyer area showing new entrance and box office


Etched tribute to Jim Ord
A tribute to Jim Ord is etched into the new entrance of the Little Theatre




The renovations were fully completed in time for the opening night of the June play 'We Happy Few' on 3rd June.

 

To commemorate the contribution of former member Jim Ord, a special message of thanks has been etched into the glass in the foyer area.