A Doncaster venue dubbed as “dirty, disgraceful and derelict” in a stinging tirade by controversial comedian Jim Davidson has announced a string of improvements in the wake of the blast.
The Dome has revealed that more than half a million pounds has already been pledged to improving the building this year - with more to follow over the coming years.
The announcement comes after the outspoken stand-up star become embroiled in a war of words after performing at the venue earlier this month.
The 60-year-old comic allegedly described the venue as dump in an expletive laden attack on stage as part of his nationwide No Further Action tour in Doncaster.
He later wrote on his website: “Oh by the way, the Doncaster Dome is disgraceful - ask anyone who went. The people of Donny deserve better.”
He then took to Twitter and added: “Right lets get this straight. The Dome in Doncaster is a shambles, derelict and badly run. Fact. The people, who deserve more are brilliant. The staff are great and do their best. The council will blame everyone - ME - rather than accept facts. Ask anyone who was there. Shameful.”
But now the under fire theatre has hit back at the criticisms from the former Generation Game and Big Break host.
Michael Hart, chief executive of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust who manage Doncaster Dome said: “We do not wish to comment on the content of Jim Davidson’s show which has attracted national media coverage but we feel that the negative comments and photos tweeted by the comedian during his trip to Doncaster Dome need to be put into context.
“The comments were mainly aimed at the rear of the building and the back of stage areas not our customer facing areas.
“The photographs of the venue were taken during the set up for the show and did not show how the venue looks when it is ready for an event.
“It is always disappointing to hear negative feedback about any of our venues as our events team work extremely hard to turn the venue into a performance space which welcomes a variety of gigs, shows and acts each year.”
The row has soured the venue’s 25th birthday celebrations - the venue was opened by Princess Diana in 1989 and has attracted a host of stars including the likes of Frank Skinner, Jimmy Carr, the Kaiser Chiefs and Morrissey down the decades.
He added: “The Dome is 25 years old this month and as with any building of this age regular investment is needed. A programme of works began in September and will be rolled out over the coming months to ensure that the venue looks its best.”
Work on the main entrance has commenced and will continue into the autumn and in addition a deep clean of the exterior pipework is taking place.
“More than £680,000 has been invested in improving and refurbishing the venue in 2014 and plans have been submitted to improve the building further in 2015/16.”
“Along with a programme of refurbishment we’ve also recently invested in a new Play Zone at the venue and refurbishment work to the bar and functions entrance will commence in January 2015.
“The Dome is a big space and the investment and refurbishment programme is a rolling one which will see continuous improvements made to the venue over the coming years,” he concluded.
The star’s comments were backed by a string of fans who also took to Facebook and Twitter to hit out at the venue.