The show is set to go on again with the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple reopening at the end of May. The contracts have been signed and North Devon Council has confirmed Parkwood Theatres will take over running of both of North Devons theatres from Monday. The very first show back at the Queens will be the all-singing, all-dancing production of Hairspray by Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society on May 31 and running for four nights. Parkwood will have a temporary 12-month contract and normal programming will begin at the Queens from September, with several exciting shows promised. The Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe will be used as a polling station on Thursday, May 4 for the county council elections. But the company, which runs theatres in Weston-Super-Mare, Maidstone and Crawley, will not be putting on any commercial programming at the Landmark, but in the short-term it will be available for community events. There has been a huge surge of community support for both theatres since North Devon Theatres Trust went into administration in January, leading to the immediate closure of both buildings. Tony Doherty at Parkwood said: The Queens Theatre is a standard theatre size and model, so its easier for us to confidently programme for a facility were familiar with. The Landmark is a more unusual venue, so although we see plenty of potential long term, we need to get to know the facility and take a more cautious approach to programming there. That said, were very confident there will be plenty of activity at both theatres this year. The societys production of Hairspray is the first back in the theatre, but its last production of Annie was in fact the last mainstream show to appear before the Queens showed. Society chairman Graham Ruhleman said being back in the theatre means everything. He said: We have looked at other venues and there really is not anything else in North Devon that comes close to performing at the Queens. The cast are very excited and just cant wait to get back in there. Mark Kentell, contracts delivery manager at NDC added: We are delighted the theatres are back up and running and would like to thank the community for its support and understanding during the recent difficulties. Although the programme of events for the coming year will probably be less than people are used to seeing, this will only be in the short term. Todays news is something to be really happy about - the theatres are both about to reopen and their future is secure.