Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre set to open again

West Norfolk coastal resort's venue has a summer season already booked.

Hunstanton's Princess Theatre will open its doors for business again - six months after it suddenly closed.

A consortium of local businesses have joined forces to create Hunstone Productions and bring the sea-front attraction back to life.

The coming summer season is already fully booked with shows for the venue which first opened as a cinema in 1932.

The doors will officially open again on June 1, although the town's local theatre club will be staging its own amateur dramatic production later this month.

'You only get one chance to make a first impression. With that in mind we have been working hard to make sure The Princess delivers everything that our customers expect. Our membership scheme goes live this month where patrons have the opportunity to name a seat. On June 1 we shall open the box office and the main bar and then on July 1 we open the auditorium with our first show Beyond the Barricade- songs from the world's greatest musicals,' said management team partner Brian Hallard,

'There has been a lot of support in the town for the theatre, and we are looking forward to having it open again,' he said yesterday.

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The new management team also includes Paul and Andrew Searle, of Searle's Leisure, Ian larkin of IML Promotions and accountant James Johnson.

'It is very important for the town and it's another attraction for the town people and for the tourists. We have to compete with all the coastal resorts and if there are no facilities then people do not put us on their map,' said Paul Searle.

The management team is holding a meeting with hoteliers and accommodation owners in the town on May 16 to update them on what will be happening and try and encourage them to create theatre break packages.

The winter months should see film clubs and Mr Hallard said he hoped to bring back silent films as part of the project and have a house pianist to accompany them.

The theatre closed its doors in November after the previous leaseholder, C and R Cinemas, which rented the building from West Norfolk Council, shut up shop.

The council had rented out the building to save cash and said it would not be taking the running of the Princess on again.

The Princess Theatre Club will be performing Steel Magnolias at the Princess on May 18 and 19.

There will be three shows, Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are �10 or �9 for concessions.

They can be bought on the door or via the web link on this page.

The club, which had its first meetings in 1986, has staged a range of amateur productions at the theatre over the years.

The Princess was taken over by West Norfolk Council in 1981 before being leased to C and R, which also runs the Majestic Cinema in King's Lynn, from September 2010.

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