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Staff at Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury have been providing critical support to front line COVID-19 testing by helping to run The Lantern testing site in Shrewsbury.Barry Tench, Operations Manager at Theatre Severn, said, "At the end of November last year, Shropshire Council…
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It has been a stop-start year at Theatre Severn, following our initial closure in March, re-opening in August, and then a second closure in November, as we have adhered with with UK government restrictions.

But behind closed doors, work often continues to maintain this complex building, seizing every opportunity to undertake everything from cosmetic jobs such as painting dressing rooms, to more technical work on the building infrastructure.

Prior to our re-opening in August, to provide audiences and staff with the safest possible environment, we installed new furniture such as perspex screens in customer facing areas such as the Box Office and Chapel Bar. Behind the scenes during November, further work has been undertaken to ensure we meet the highest standards when we're ready to welcome audiences again in December.

Our Systems and Facilities Manager Grant Wilson gave us a bit more insight and said "The building has been eerily quiet over the last few weeks as it has been closed to the public, but we have taken advantage of the unusual break in the programme to do some additional maintenance. 

There is quite a bit of routine maintenance which happens all the time but under normal circumstances the building is in constant use, so some parts of the building can be difficult to get to. In the past two weeks we have been able to get a team of engineers in to clean and check the entire ventilation system in one go. We have also been running tests on the air flow rates to double check that the system is working properly. 

It is a relatively new building so the ventilation has been designed to a very high specification. It uses a constant supply of fresh air from outside rather than recirculating air within the building, so it is important to make sure that the fresh air we are bringing in is properly filtered and that enough fresh air is being supplied.

The ventilation is constantly monitored, but what we have been able during this lockdown is take more detailed measurements to fine tune the system and give us some additional reassurance that everything is running perfectly."

To provide you with a safe, spaced and stress-free experience, social distancing will be in operation at all events for the forseeable future. Read more about our current safety measure before your visit.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and we look forward to welcoming you to Theatre Severn again soon.

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We are very sad to announce that this year's pantomime BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been postponed until 2021.

Theatre Severn and Evolution Productions have reluctantly reached this decision following government advice that it will not be possible, until November at the earliest, to clarify whether indoor performances can take place without social distancing. Due to this ongoing uncertainty we have concluded that a postponement is the most sensible decision.

We kindly ask that ticketholders do not contact us at this time. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be contacting all ticketholders directly with further advice about their bookings. We appreciate your patience while we work through this. All ticketholders will be able to transfer their bookings to next year.

David Jack, Venues and Programme Manager said "We waited as long as we could and have made this decision with the heaviest hearts, because we know how much our audiences love their annual visit to see the pantomime here. However, the continued uncertainty around when we’ll be allowed to re-open the theatre at full capacity has left us with no choice.

Beauty and the Beast will now happen in 2021 and we intend to bring audiences a fantastic show, bigger and better than ever. We are exploring alternative plans for the forthcoming Christmas season and will share any news with our audiences when appropriate."

Writer, Director and Producer of the pantomime, Paul Hendy from Evolution Productions said "The thought of Christmas without pantomime is incredibly upsetting. I’m a local lad and I love Theatre Severn; I know our audiences are wonderful and I know they will understand this decision and be supportive of it. Will the Theatre Severn pantomime return? Oh yes it will!"

Our legendary Dame Brad Fitt, star of Theatre Severn pantomimes since 2011 also asked us to share this message, "I'm devastated that my tenth pantomime in my beloved Shropshire has had to be postponed. I know that Evolution Pantomimes and Theatre Severn have not taken this decision lightly but without further clarification from the government, the uncertainty around restrictions gives them no choice. I shall miss you all of course but, we will be back. Love to you all."

During this difficult year, we have been so grateful to our audiences for your support and understanding. We know you all love panto season as much as we do, and we can’t wait to share this spectacular show with you next year. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will return Fri 3 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022, bigger and better than ever!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 2021-22 performance schedule

Fri 3 Dec | 6pm
Sat 4 Dec | 1pm & 5pm
Sun 5 Dec | 1pm & 5pm

Fri 10 Dec | 6pm
Sat 11 Dec | 1pm & 5pm
Sun 12 Dec | 1pm & 5pm

Thu 16 Dec | 6pm

Sat 18 Dec | 10.15am, 2pm & 6pm
Sun 19 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Mon 20 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Tue 21 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Wed 22 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Thu 23 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Fri 24 Dec | 10.15am & 2pm

Sun 26 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Mon 27 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Tue 28 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Wed 29 Dec | 2pm & 6pm
Thu 30 Dec | 10.15am, 2pm & 6pm

Sat 1 Jan | 2pm & 6pm
Sun 2 Jan | 1pm & 5pm

3 -12 Dec £26.50 - £20 | child £2 off | group 10+ discount
16 Dec - 2 Jan £27.50 - £21  | child £2 off 

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We share this statement from our friends at Shrewsury International Comedy Festival regarding this year's festival..._________________________________________________________________
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We are thrilled to announce a major new partnership with Shropshire-based Chartered Financial Planners Croft & Oakes. The agreement will explore mutually beneficial opportunities and will see Croft and Oakes become a significant supporter of future projects at the venue. Earlier this year, Theatre…
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