Somerset Theater to open for the first time since the Covid pandemic

Weston-super-Mare’s hugely popular Blakehay Theater is set to reopen fully in late January for the first time since March 2020.

After undergoing major renovations, including the installation of a new ventilation system and reconnection of electricity, the theater will host its first performance on January 29.

Sally Heath, the director of the theater, said: “We are very happy to open the theater and bring the live performances back. It has been a difficult few years, not only for us but for the entire industry.”

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She added: “We can’t wait to welcome people back to this beautiful building, there really is nothing quite like sitting in a theater and watching a live performance.”

The theater recently received a grant of £ 325,000 to help redevelop the historic site and ensure that any appropriate changes could be made before the scheduled reopening.

It is hoped that the all new ventilation system will also help guests feel more secure when attending the theater.

Initially open to the public for an open day on January 22, the public can come and discover the place and see for themselves the changes that have taken place over the past twelve months.

Then, on January 29, the live performances return. A full list and details can be found below.

January 29 – 30 – Weston Operatic Society

The Weston Operatic Society’s junior company, The Oppitts, returns to the Blakehay Theater with the show ‘Opening Up’. A showcase of songs from musicals, stage and screen. With songs from the hit musicals Waitress, Rent, Amelie, 13, Matilda and classics like Oliver, Annie, Joseph Copacabana and many more.

“From the company that bought you the award-winning sold-out shows in the past such as ‘Cats’, ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’. This is a show you don’t want to miss.”

Three shows will take place over two days, with schedules of 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the 29th and 2 p.m. on Sunday 30.

A link to the tickets can be found here.

February 12 – Le Carrousel de Concert

“The Music Makers Academy returns to the Blakehay Theater with its annual live music concerts.

A godsend of performances by Academy students, of all ages and from all stages, featuring classical jazz and pop numbers on piano keyboards, brass / woodwinds / drums, vocals and numbers. rock Every concert is unique, so why not enjoy a full day of live music.

“Music Makers Academy in Weston-super-Mare is the place to go for music and voice lessons. With teachers in keyboard, piano, saxophone, ukulele, banjo, violin, drums, trombone, clarinet, flute, piccolo , recorder, trumpet, euphonium, trombone, guitar, bass and double bass In addition to a vocal coach who is trained in popular singing, these concerts showcase the talents of tomorrow.

Both shows will take place on February 12 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A link to the tickets can be found here.

February 24 – LDN Wrestling

“Mid-term fun for the whole family !!

All new to town, the crispy superstars of LDN Wrestling, bringing a host of American wrestling stars to the ring to take on top local talent and fan favorites in roaring two-hour fun for the whole family to enjoy. .

“If you’ve been there before you know how good it is, if you haven’t tried it, we guarantee the kids will be talking about it for weeks afterwards.

“Prices adapted to families to make it the most economical ticket in the city.

“Including our high value family ticket for four at just £ 45, the family group must include at least one child.”

The unique show will take place on February 24 at 7 p.m.

A link to the tickets can be found here.

March 23 to 26 – RENT The musical

“The WODS Musical Theater Company is delighted to announce its return to the Blakehay Theater this spring with the rock opera RENT.

“Largely inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan East Village during the booming Bohemian city era of Alphabet City, in the shadow of HIV / AIDS.

RENT epitomizes the life of its creator Johnathan Larson, who himself lived, breathed and struggled to make ends meet in the late 1990s. RENT is filled with a colorful lineup of characters who all have trials and tribulations they face, but the one thing that binds them all together is that “love can heal” even the most painful situations.

“The WODS Musical Theater Company has many award-winning productions under its belt and RENT is sure to be another must-see theatrical event!

“So there is ‘No Day But Today’ to order tickets.

“Age restriction; 14 years + with parental supervision”

The great musical will take place on March 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a double headliner on March 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

A link to the tickets can be found here.

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