Theatre to stage comeback shows

PERFORMERS will be treading the boards at Hyde Festival Theatre once again after its panto was announced.

And death was in the air at the Corporation Street venue as it hosted a fundraising murder mystery evening.

After shutting its doors to performances last March, the battle has been on to get the money to keep the venue going.

And the upstairs Madge Bayes Hall hosted a live action ‘whodunnit’ on Saturday, October 9 as the coffers received a welcome boost.

Now attention turns to the return of the panto – which the town has hosted since 1967 – as the town’s Little Theatre puts on a production of Sleeping Beauty from November 27 until December 5.
Already the production was more than 50 per cent sold in just a matter of days and the performance on Monday, November 29 was sold out.

Hyde Festival Theatre received a further boost as locally-based Artsync Dance raised more than £600, a total of £613.93, as its performers became the first to take to the stage in 18 months.

And seeing how the charity that runs it had been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic inspired them into action.

A spokesman said: “We arranged a fundraising show to support the Theatre as the charity has been severely affected by the forced closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“They closed their doors to all shows and productions in March 2020 and subsequently lost large amounts of income.

“Artsync couldn’t use our usual venue as they too closed their doors to hirers. But thank goodness Hyde Festival Theatre opened their doors to us and allowed us to use the stage area for our classes for a short period when we were released from lockdown.

“As a thank you to everyone at Hyde Festival Theatre, we decided to donate all takings from seat sales and raffle ticket sales etc.”

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