Almost 200,000 people have come through the doors of The Core at Corby Cube to watch performances and films as the theatre prepares for its fifth birthday celebrations.
Since opening its doors in 2010, the venue has firmly established itself at the heart of the local community and has welcomed 185,379 audience members to live performances and films, including more than 44,000 people under the age of 19.
Nearly 88,000 people have been involved in participatory activities, including more than 53,000 young people.
As well as the many professional and visiting productions, The Core has also hosted more than 164 performances from Corby community groups and societies and supported 1,221 local artists.
Over the past five years, The Core has benefited the local economy to the tune of £16.8m, including more than £2.3m spent on employing 294 staff from the area and £2.5m spent by customers on local services.
With an open house from 11am until 4pm on Saturday, November 7, The Core invites people to come and explore, and discover more about its shows and Get Involved programme as part of its birthday celebrations.
Activities on the day include themed craft sessions, digital workshops, a mini-cinema, the creation of a giant marble run and backstage tours.
The Core’s director Nick Walker said: “The Core at Corby embarked on a very exciting creative journey five years ago, and it’s a great thrill to be part of the team now.
“As we reach this landmark, I’d like to say a big thank you to all our audiences and participants, our funders, our staff and volunteers, who together have helped make The Core’s first five years such a success.”