East Riding Theatre progress update and pics

Cast of a Christmas Carol - ERT

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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With Dame Judi Dench at the helm, it’s not surprising that locals are eager to see what’s in store at the new Beverley venue.

HEYToday visited the team at East Riding Theatre to check how things are going and meet the cast of their first production.

As you walk into the former Baptist church on Lord Roberts Road in Beverley, it’s really starting to feel like a theatre even though the essential ingredient of the stage is still to be installed.

The auditorium is lit by large elegant Edwardian windows that cast a white sheen over the seats that are being assembled to house an audience of over 200 people.

 

Hester Arden

Bell, the women who Scrooge loved deeply is to be played by Hester Arden

The second thing we noticed was that although most people we met were volunteers, their quality and professionalism would easily match more senior theatres. I talked to volunteers Sarah Barker and Pam Lockyer who were busy painting the walls of what will become the rear cafe bar. Another elegant Edwardian hall rapidly being worked up for the theatres opening night in December.

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“It’s more than just a venue where performances happen. It’s a venue to come together in” said Operations and Marketing Director Lesley Downie who has worked in theatre for many years.

As the cast assembled for a pre-rehearsal photo shoot we couldn’t help get into the spirit of things by taking some snaps ourselves.

Volunteers at ERT

Volunteers Sarah Barker and Pam Lockyer who were busy painting the walls of what will become the rear cafe bar

The Christmas Carol also stars Gordon Meredith as the down trodden Bob Cratchit. Bell, the women who Scrooge loved deeply is to be played by Hester Arden. Annie Kirkman takes on the role of Mrs Cratchet and Clive Kneller plays Fezzwig.

The inaugural performance is on Wednesday 17th December and the play runs until 3rd January. Tickets are available now from The Theatre’s website starting at £7.50 with concessions. Audiences are promised “a generous helping of traditional Christmas Fayre with this classic tale that perfectly captures the magic of Christmas.”

 

 

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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