Curtain up at last for our theatres

North Devon Gazette

North Devon's theatres are celebrating being able to welcome audiences again with a packed schedule of comedy, drama, music and community performances.Â
On Sunday, August 1, multi-award-winning comedian Rhod Gilbert welcomed a sold out audience of theatregoers back into the auditorium of the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple with his hilarious stage tour – a sight that has been missing from North Devon's theatres for most of 2020 and 2021.Â
The Landmark theatre in Ilfracombe has also reopened with a wonderful performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr, presented by Make The Move Rising Stars, kicking off a packed Summer Season.Â
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden said: "To hear that the first show to be held at the Queen's Theatre was a sell out is fantastic news. We are so lucky to have these two theatres in North Devon giving us high quality live shows, but they have suffered more than most due to the pandemic."Â
Marcus Olverman, Box Office Manager, added: "The laughs from within the Queen’s auditorium at the sold-out performance was a joy to be heard and just what the theatres have been waiting for! Patrons had a great night, everyone was happy to follow the Covid safety guidelines and enjoyed being able to watch a live show again.”Â
The theatre programme now switches to The Landmark, Ilfracombe, as the Summer Season continues with hysterical farce Ding Dong, music from North Devon Sinfonia, Studio Theatre Ilfracombe’s performance of Outside Edge, and wraps up with Agatha Christie’s detective thriller Spider’s Web from 10-14 August. They also have the acclaimed singer, Elkie Brookes, Live and Unplugged on Wednesday, August 18.Â
The Queen’s Theatre welcomes the hilarious pub landlord Al Murray, on September 3, followed by 'Mock the Week' regular Milton Jones on 4 September and Brit Award winning vocalists, Blake live in concert on September 6. Â
Plus, they have the world premiere of Dead Lies, by best selling crime writer Hilary Bonner, starring Olivier Award nominee Clive Mantle from 14-19 September.Â
Tickets can be booked at queenstheatre-barnstaple.com, or by calling the Box Office on 01271 316523.Â

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