Bosses plan encore for closing Cresset
DESPITE the curtains coming down on the city’s troubled Cresset theatre, bosses say there might still be an encore for the venue in September.
The theatre itself is closing today for its traditional summer break and there had been fears that the laughter at stand-up comedian Reginald D Hunter’s sell out gig on Thursday would be the last heard at the 32-year-old venue, in Rightwell, Bretton.
But Jonathan Martin, chief executive of YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which runs the complex, has said they hope to reveal a “cunning plan” when the board of trustees meets on July 15.
Mr Martin said: “Hopefully once we have sat down we can then say what we have achieved. At this point I cannot say a million per cent we will re-open but we are very positive.
“One of the options we are working on sees promoters for forthcoming shows, including Jimmy Carr in September, selling tickets and marketing the shows themselves, effectively hiring out the theatre.
“This sees them take on more of the risk, but also more of the profit as we get paid whatever happens. Jimmy Carr is happy with that as are the majority of the acts we have approached.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support, more than 10,000 people have signed the online petition and we are doing everything we can to reopen.”
Member of the board of trustees and ward councillor for Bretton, councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, said it had been a “constant battle” to keep the Cresset running after it’s closure was announced but he was “hopeful” that a solution would be found.
He said: “As a councillor, I am doing everything possible to keep the venue going on an “as is” basis but given the current economic situation, unless money comes in, keeping it open won’t happen.
“I do believe we should do all we can to keep the Cresset going and it isn’t that there isn’t a will to keep it open, it is about how we are going to do it.”
And Mr Martin reminded people that the entire complex is not closing, just the theatre.
He added: “We are still very much accepting bookings for weddings and parties.”
ENCORE?: There are hopes that the Cresset theatre - which closed today - will reopen for its new season despite funding issues.