Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Keys to North Devon’s theatres are handed back to the council

PUBLISHED: 17:29 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:29 20 March 2017

The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple is back in the hands of North Devon Council, as is the Landmark. Picture: Sarah Howells

The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple is back in the hands of North Devon Council, as is the Landmark. Picture: Sarah Howells

Archant

Plans for a ‘caretaker operator’ to get both theatres up and running again by April

The keys of North Devon’s theatres have been handed back to the council.

Administrator Bishop Fleming LLP announced today (Monday) the leases of the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe had been surrendered to North Devon Council (NDC).

The council received the keys back this morning and is now looking at bringing in a caretaker operator with the aim of getting both theatres back up and running in April.

Then the council will hold a tendering process to recruit a new operator for the longer term.

The council has also bought assets from the administrator that belonged to the former North Devon Theatres Trust and were not part of the leases.

The cost of these fixtures and fittings was £24,000, which the administrator said was more than it could have realised for them via an auction.

The administrator said all the theatres’ assets were ‘intact and on site’.

North Devon Council will be holding a press call on Wednesday morning, to talk about the situation in more detail.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:05

Want to help beat cancer? Join the Relay For Life event at Barnstaple Rugby Club today (Saturday) and right through the night until Sunday lunchtime

Read more
Yesterday, 15:20

The MetOffice has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms across North Devon today (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Take a look at the super pictures our iwitness24 photographers have been capturing this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Five days of Chulmleigh Old Fair 2017 from Tuesday, July 25 to Sunday, July 30

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

Hundreds turned out for the annual Dogs Trust Ilfracombe Fun Day at Mullacott Equestrian Centre

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Appeal started by Ilfracombe friends sees offers flood in from all over the UK and as far away as New Zealand.

Read more
Fri, 16:48

Club gets refurbished changing facilities in time for the new football season

Read more
Fri, 16:00

Butcher’s knives and bayonette are among 100 knives handed in at Barnstaple Police Station - but front desk staff urge people not to wait for an amnesty to hand in blades.

Read more
Fri, 13:50

Bideford New Year’s Eve celebrations will continue this year, as organisers promise children and adult’s entertainment, as well as ‘bigger and better’ fireworks than ever.

Read more
Fri, 13:22

North Devon flood alerts are in place and the Met Office is warning up to two centimetres of rain could fall in a very short time

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications