Actor’s Beverley theatre proposal
Beverley could soon be playing host to some of the country’s top performers after a Hollywood actor submitted proposals to turn a disused chapel into a professional theatre.
Local-based actor Vincent Regan, who has starred alongside actors such as Brad Pitt, has asked East Riding of Yorkshire Council to consider leasing the Old Chapel on Lord Roberts Road to East Riding Theatre for three years to see if a professional theatre in the town is financially viable.
Mr Regan has the backing of a number of artists and professional colleagues, including Dame Judi Dench, who has agreed to be patron of East Riding Theatre, which would operate as a not for profit company.
Under the proposal, the Grade II listed Old Chapel, which is standing empty following relocation of council staff to County Hall, would be transformed into a theatre presenting its own professional productions, acting as a receiving theatre for high profile touring companies as well as presenting live music and comedy.
It could also provide a venue to support some of Beverley’s festivals and there are also plans for a café/bar which would be used throughout the day as well as before and after performances.
Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Stephen Parnaby, OBE, welcomed the proposals and he said: “This proposal makes practical use of an empty property, giving space to a use that can make an exceptional contribution, culturally and socially to the East Riding while providing East Riding Theatre with the opportunity to pilot the venture and assess its potential future prospects.
“The council is keen to support the opportunity to deliver theatre to the high street and these proposals could breathe new life into the community.”
Mr Regan said: “On behalf of our patron, Dame Judi Dench and the steering group who have worked tirelessly to push this project forward, I would like to thank Councillor Stephen Parnaby and East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the opportunity to submit these proposals to establish a sustainable professional theatre in Beverley.”
The proposals will be submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 17 July for consideration.
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