Swansea Grand faces annual four-week dark period under council plans
Swansea’s Grand Theatre could go dark for a month each year to save the local council money.
The city council, which owns the venue, is considering closing public areas such as bars and cafes for four weeks a year if there are no performances taking place.
This is because the cost of keeping these areas open can outweigh the income they generate, a spokesman claimed.
If the closures go ahead, these areas will still be available for private hire or community events.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “We are considering closing the Grand Theatre’s public areas for up to four weeks a year, but only if there are no viable performances or shows.
“Other theatres already condense their opening programmes into 48 weeks of the year to make the venues more viable. We are looking at doing the same, but this is purely a proposal for consultation at this stage, with no decisions having been made.”
The spokesman added: “The Grand Theatre is not being closed – it’s going to get extra investment.
“We are going to improve the online ticket booking options for the theatre, so it’s easier for people to get tickets, which will hopefully drive up visitor numbers.”
He added the council is also looking to commercialise non-performance areas of the venue to bring in more income.
Currently, plans for the theatre to go dark for four weeks a year are only at a proposal stage, and are subject to a consultation before any decisions are made.