Curtain to rise on new theatre

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Doncaster’s new £22 million performance venue Cast has moved a step closer to opening following the completion of main construction work on the venue.

The theatre, which will take the place of the Civic when it opens in September, is now entering the final phase of work before it is finally unveiled to the public in a blaze of glory during Leger Week.

The eye-catching building – an integral part of the new £300m Civic and Cultural Quarter - features numerous different performance spaces including two auditoriums, dance and drama studios, educational spaces, a café, a bar, and a main foyer.

The building has been taking shape in the Waterdale area of Doncaster over the last few years, and looks out across Sir Nigel Gresley Square, a new public meeting place designed as the centre of the town’s nightlife in years to come.

Internal fitting-out works are now being carried out and the theatre programme, which should commence in September, is currently being pulled together.

Coun Bob Johnson, cabinet member for regeneration, growth and tourism, said: “Cast forms an important part of the new Civic and Cultural Quarter which is transforming 25 per cent of the town centre.

“Doncaster continues to go from strength to strength, and delivery of this major new performance venue will take the town to a new level, helping to attract new investment, businesses, economic growth and jobs.

“Cast and the new quarter will be another major attraction for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Michael Broadhead, project director at developers Muse, said: “Cast is a wonderful addition to the scheme adding the culture to the quarter. We’re delighted with the end result.”

The building of Cast has been supported financially by Arts Council England and is promising theatregoers a wide mix of music and arts to suit all ages.

Staff from the Civic Theatre have transferred over to the new venue and are currently undergoing training as well as getting to grips with the new building, which was given its new name earlier this year.