Plans in place for the future of town theatre

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The firm which runs The Castle theatre in Wellingborough is looking forward to the future of the venue after it signed a 10-year deal to continue running it.

After many months of negotiations, the contract between The Castle (Wellingborough) Ltd and Wellingborough Council has now been signed.

The theatre’s executive director Gail Arnott said now the contract was signed the theatre could look to the future.

She said: “I think the most exciting thing is there’s a few capital projects that we have had in the pipeline and haven’t been able to activate. In terms of The Castle and planning for the future, it starts here.”

The capital projects include new digital film equipment, which is set to be put in this summer.

The theatre’s front-of-house area will also be revamped with a kitchen which will be visible to the public.

Mrs Arnott said the new kitchen would make the front-of-house area “more theatrical” and would mean meals and snacks could be served more quickly.

Council leader Paul Bell said: “It has been a long-running process with the contract, we have taken our time to get it right, we have got it right now.

“I think we have now got a contract that takes The Castle forward into the 21st century, it guarantees The Castle for community use for the next 10 years.”

Tim Allebone, chairman of the theatre’s board, said: “It’s an exciting time for the theatre and we can now get on with delivering arts provision within the borough.”

Wellingborough mayor Bhupendra Patel said the theatre was a “hub” for the borough.