Bosses plan en­core for clos­ing Cres­set

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.

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