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After 32 years of entertaining the people of Peterborough, it is with regret that The Cresset has to announce the closure of its theatre.

Although the theatre will no longer be staging shows, The Cresset complex will continue as before with the Fayre Spot pub, North Walk café, the Bretton Library, the YMCA, The Cresset Day Care Centre, the nursery and other shops and organisations open for business as usual. .

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The conference facilities, function suites, and dance and drama classes will continue and none of the partner organisations or commercial retail units which operate within the Cresset complex will be affected by the closure of the theatre.

Jonathan Martin, chief executive of YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, which runs the complex under the direction of the Cresset Board of Trustees, said: “This has been a tremendously difficult decision and we are all very sad to be losing the theatre but in these difficult economic times we just couldn’t continue as we were. Whilst we’ve always provided great entertainment for the city and had good support from the public, we’ve struggled to break-even financially and this year we’ll record a large loss.

“The theatre will also need a lot of investment in the coming years and we simply couldn’t justify the theatre continuing without putting the other community facilities at risk. This way we can keep The Cresset complex, which is used by thousands of people in Bretton and across Peterborough, and focus on maintaining the community aspect of the site.”

Leader of Peterborough City Council Marco Cereste said: “This is disappointing news. However, Peterborough City Council will continue to work with the Cresset-YMCA to explore all possible opportunities for the future development of The Cresset. At present we are looking at a number of potential opportunities and we are considering them in terms of their viability.”

Shelagh Smith, chairman of the Peterborough Culture and Leisure Trust, said: “We will work in partnership with The Cresset and Peterborough City Council over the coming months to provide the best possible opportunities to continue bringing quality entertainment to the city.”

Discussions may take place with staff at The Key theatre to see if any productions scheduled for the period after June 26 could be moved to the Embankment venue.

The Cresset will still be available for hire and all existing bookings for weddings, conferences and room hire will be unaffected.

All shows at The Cresset until June 26 will continue as usual. Anyone who has purchased tickets for shows after this date, including Jimmy Carr, Jethro, Swan Lake and Abba Mania, will be refunded.

Those who paid for tickets by debit or credit card or by cheque will be automatically refunded into their bank accounts over the next month. People who paid by cash should bring their tickets into the box office to collect a cash refund.

 

April 2010 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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