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Covid-19: Hall for Cornwall reopening delayed until spring 2021

Covid-19: Hall for Cornwall reopening delayed until spring 2021

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:00pm 16th May 2020.

The newly renovated Hall for Cornwall is now set to reopen in spring 2021 at the earliest, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The doors to Truro's much loved theatre closed in July 2018, so a £20m project to redevelop the building could get underway.

Recent work had moved forward with great strides, with the digging out of the foundations for the new air conditioning system completed and the laying of timber decking at circle and balcony levels prepared for the new tiered seating to be installed.

Beyond the auditorium, the Hall’s beauty was being unveiled and restored as decades of paint were removed to reveal the original granite walls. 

But Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on theatres and live performance venues across the UK and with social isolation measures likely to be in place for some time, it is uncertain whether any will reopen this year.

The redevelopment had a temporary pause last month as Kier reviewed its procedures to comply with the Construction Leadership Council’s Operating Procedures, which reflect the Government’s instructions.  

Whilst work has now restarted and care and responsibility of the team are the priority, the pause, as a result of lockdown, brings an inevitable delay with the proposed reopening, which is now scheduled for spring 2021 at the earliest.

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“This is obviously a very challenging time for everyone with ever-changing circumstances impacting all our lives.  

“All theatres are fighting for their futures at the moment and, whilst the safety and welfare of everyone are the priority, we must not forget the many pledges already made to fund our redevelopment. At the same time members of our young people’s companies and community projects have been working hard to offer performances and prepare for the moment when they can take their careers further in our new theatre.

He continued: "We are in close communication with our core stakeholders and funders, who are very supportive and exploring ways with us to ensure the project will continue to be successfully delivered.  

“Like many other charities across the country COVID 19 is presenting us with significant challenges we need to overcome and we have been overwhelmed by the incredible messages of support we have received from members of the public during the past few weeks. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact us.

“We are seriously impatient to reopen our theatre, to show off its potential and to welcome our loyal audiences again and again to all the fun, amazement and emotion that we will all share – when we are through this - together”.

Julien Boast, Hall For Cornwall’s CEO and Creative Director

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Progress is being monitored closely and is under continuous review.

The team are continuing to develop exciting plans for the inaugural season and the great news is that they still have major theatre producers calling to arrange dates in the programme.  

The team says they are looking forward to sharing these later in the year when tickets will begin to go on sale. 

”Without Hall For Cornwall the region’s creative spirit, energy and drive would be drastically affected, as would the economic impact it delivers to Cornwall.  

"When we can safely come together again, our new theatre will be a truly aspirational building where communities and creative talent unite to celebrate and innovate.

"We thank all the community for their continued support during these unprecedented times”. 

Co-chair of Hall For Cornwall’s trustees, Chris Pomfret OBE

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