The future of the Guildhall Theatre in Derby is in doubt, after the venue was closed indefinitely due to structural concerns.
The grade II-listed building was initially closed at the beginning of the year and had been due to open at the end of January 2019. But despite ongoing essential maintenance work, the venue remained closed after concerns were raised over the building’s safety.
It was estimated that the building would open in September, with tickets for the Christmas show put on sale. However, the theatre has now been closed indefinitely.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Derby City Council said: “In the light of new survey findings, Derby’s Guildhall Theatre will remain closed for an extended period of time.”
She said that as the project had progressed, “contractors were able to undertake more extensive surveys” with findings showing the “condition of the fabric of the building is much worse than previously thought and is beyond the original scope of work”.
The spokeswoman added: “During this period, the council has also been exploring all the available options to put in position temporary measures to make the building safe to open. Despite our best efforts, all the measures considered would put at risk the historic infrastructure and require listed building consent and are not viable.”
She said the Christmas show, The Christmas Toy Shop Mystery, is being cancelled, with refunds offered and customers being given a discount to Peter Pan at the Derby Arena instead.
The spokeswoman said the council would now “undertake a holistic review of the building to determine what is required to ensure the Guildhall Theatre’s long-term future”.