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John Bishop and Jimmy Carr are two of the big names heading our way as Peterborough’s New Theatre opens again after a successful bid for funding.

As life starts to open up again it’s great news for theatre lovers in Peterborough as this city venue has received a £250,000 grant to help secure its future.

We’ve really missed live performances so the latest Arts Council funding for Peterborough’s New Theatre means it’s now set to reopen from August 17 following over a year of closure due to the covid-19 pandemic.

David Hutchinson CEO of Selladoor says – “We are absolutely delighted to be able to officially announce the reopening of the New Theatre in Peterborough on 17-August, where we will be hosting a summer rep season of two excellent plays – California Suite by Neil Simon and Spider Web by Agatha Christie. After a year of closure, we are thrilled to finally throw open our doors to audiences to come back to enjoy live entertainment. This was made possible by a significant grant from Arts Council England to support the theatre through the summer to reopening.”

The grant bid, supported by Peterborough MP Paul Bristow, helps to secure the venue’s long-term future, offering a vital lifeline in its roadmap to recovery.

Selladoor Worldwide’s first six months of opening The New Theatre saw the venue grow from strength to strength, and the team are now ready to rebuild on this momentum. There is already a fantastic programme of events on sale; from music to musicals, comedy to drama, dance, family entertainment and a brilliant variety of music events!

David (pictured above right) added – “I want to thank my incredible theatre team in Peterborough who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes during the toughest year of our careers. I also want to thank Paul Bristow, our MP, who worked very hard to highlight the importance of the New Theatre for Peterborough and throw his weight behind our successful bid. Finally – I’d like to thank Rinaldo Fasulo, our landlord, who has been so supportive of us and the theatre – and its long-term success by supporting Selladoor through a tough year, and the Dawe Charitable Trust for their continued support. We hope audiences will come back and support their local theatre – as we have something for everyone at the New Theatre!”

The New Theatre will open from August 17 with a summer rep season featuring plays; California Suite by Neil Simon and Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie. The 2021 Autumn/Winter season continues with a selection of comedy giants, offering laughter-filled performances from acts including Frank Skinner, John Bishop and Jimmy Carr. Based on Hasbro’s popular board game, September brings a visit from Clue The Musical.

October, the fast-moving, hard-hitting political English thriller Dead Lies, by best-selling crime writer Hilary Bonner, performs at the New Theatre, in a roller-coaster ride of a play, packed with twists and turns until the very last scene.

Amber Davies and Peterborough’s very own Louis Smith join the cast of Bring It On in November as the smash hit Broadway Musical back flips into Peterborough before its London transfer. And, this year’s family friendly pantomime will take you on a magical ride with Aladdin from December 11.


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