Members of staff at Scotland’s Cumbernauld Theatre are facing redundancy, as the company prepares to relocate next year.
The theatre, based in Cumbernauld House Park, is set to open as part of a new centre for performing arts at Cumbernauld Academy in autumn 2020, and will not be operational for a period of eight months from the end of December.
During this time, it is expected that a number of box office employees, bar staff and ushers will be made redundant. The venue said it would try to re-employ staff in September 2020 where possible.
Executive director Sarah Price said: “In light of the fact the company will go dark for eight months, it is with regret that the board are looking to make a number of operational posts redundant.
“Senior managers are currently undertaking a consultation process with staff, in particular, box office, bar staff and ushers positions are being reviewed as these posts are not needed for the next eight months.
“The charity will retain and re-deploy as many staff as possible to manage the charity’s move to the new venue and prepare for the opening in September.”
The theatre would not say how many positions were affected by the plans.
Cumbernauld Theatre is working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council as part of its relocation to the new arts centre on Cumbernauld Academy campus.
It will be funded by the council and Creative Scotland.
On its website, the theatre said its current building has remained largely unchanged for the past 42 years and is “now nearing the end of its useful life as it struggles to keep up with the changing expectations of audiences, participants and visiting artists”.
“The significant investment required simply to maintain the current ageing building has led directly to the need to build a new Arts Centre in North Lanarkshire,” it said.