Pateley Playhouse re-opening delayed until spring
Last updated Sep 20, 2021

The scheduled autumn reopening of Pateley Playhouse has been delayed until next spring.

The theatre, in Pateley Bridge, has been undergoing major renovations, including work to the downstairs and foyer area and to install a lift.

But work has paused while Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society, which oversees the theatre and its productions, finds a new contractor to take on the works.

It means November’s performance of Educating Rita will take place in Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall instead.

The Playhouse has been closed throughout the pandemic.

Keith Burton, the society’s treasurer, said it was getting quotes from a number of local firms but he was expecting to have to raise more funds due to the delays:

“We are expecting to be affected by an uplift in building material costs due to shortages and the limited availability of builders due to current levels of demand for their services.

“We have cost overrun contingencies but only when we see the tender returns will we know if affordability issues will require another hard press on fundraising.

“We are continuing to seek donations as we know there will be pressures.”

He added work was expected to resume towards the end of the year.


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Disabled access

Renovating the historic 1930s Playhouse while retaining its character has been a complex project.

The first floor auditorium was only accessible via two steep staircases and a lift was needed to comply with disabled access regulations.

Despite the setbacks, the society is adamant it is “business as usual”.

After staging Educating Rita in the new venue, the Playhouse Juniors will also be performing at Brimham Rocks Adventure Park this weekend.

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