Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn to reopen its doors this week

One of the county's biggest arts venues has announced plans to reopen this week.

Brad Fitt who will be performing at the venue
Brad Fitt who will be performing at the venue

Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn, which is owned and operated by Shropshire Council, has been closed since December 30 following guidance from UK government.

It will reopen on Friday with showings of a fresh programme of films – starting with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, and Chloé Zhao’s Oscar-winning Nomadland starring Frances McDormand.

The cinema at Theatre Severn’s sister venue, The Old Market Hall, will remain closed currently, but it will continue to run a café bar outside in The Square, with plans to reopen indoor seating soon.

David Jack, venues and programme manager at Theatre Severn said: “Following our closure at the end of December 2020, we are thrilled to be reopening the venue this week. We have been hugely grateful for the support and understanding of our audiences and can't wait to welcome you all back again.

Peter Rabbit will be showing at the venue

"The safety and welfare of both visitors and staff remains at the forefront of our plans to reopen and we will continue to observe social distancing, reduce face-to-face-interactions, maintain enhanced hygiene within the venues, alongside the wearing of face coverings where applicable."

Live shows

Alongside the film programme, the venue has also revealed a summer season of live shows.

In July, Shropshire’s legendary Dame Brad Fitt returns to lift the lid on his favourite tales from the world of pantomime, and musical theatre star Jodie Prenger revives her stunning performance as ‘Emma’ in the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic Tell Me on a Sunday.

The spooky sensation and West End hit The Woman In Black makes its debut in Shrewsbury from August 16 to 21, and Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beck and Giovanni Pernice will join forces to perform their brand-new show Him & Me.

Due to demand, an extra performance has been added on Sunday, July 11.

In addition to the programme at Theatre Severn, a season of outdoor family theatre has been announced at Shrewsbury Castle during July and August.

Hotbuckle will perform Emotion on the Ocean on Sunday, July 25, while swashbuckling family adventure The Three Musketeers will be performed by Immersion Theatre on Sunday, August 1.

Quantum Theatre will then bring the classic pirate tale Treasure Island to life on August 10 and 11.

Tickets are available at theatresevern.co.uk or on 01743 281281.

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