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Theater Royal staff form events company and secure shows – ahead of venue’s proposed closure next month – The Isle Of Thanet News

ByLinda W. Smith

Mar 26, 2022
Phoenix Community Events brings Shakespeare on the Beach to Margate Photo Danielle Peck

Staff at Margate’s Theater Royal have formed a community events company to ensure shows continue and keep the venue open until its planned refurbishment as part of the $22.2million Town Deal fund of pounds sterling.

Last year, Thanet Council announced that the Theater Royal and Margate Winter Gardens would be closed this year while the future of both venues is considered.

Reservations are expected to stop at the Theater Royal on April 28 and at the Winter Gardens from August 14.

It has not been revealed how long the venues will be closed, but staff at the Theater Royal have said they are to be let go.

Staff have formed Phoenix Community Events CIC in a bid to ensure shows keep coming to Margate and keep the historic theater open until its refurbishment date – which has yet to be set.

The Phoenix team have already secured two shows at Margate Main Sands and are appealing to people to join CIC and support it through the Thanet Council Lotto so it can fund more shows.

A statement read: “We need the help (of people) to enable us to continue presenting live theater in Thanet. The Theater Royal provides space for local theater companies to perform, hosts a local theater program for young people and presents national touring performances of different scales and target audiences.

“Help us support the local creative sector and further our goal of keeping this historic building open to the public.”

Thanks to the Phoenix IC Shakespeare on the Beach – which has become a fixed point in Margate’s cultural calendar – returns this summer with not one, but two shows.

Changeling Theater Company, which has performed Shakespeare plays on Margate Main Sands every summer since 2013, will return on Sunday July 24 with a production of Othello.

Othello is one of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, exploring the devastating impact of jealousy and suspicion, race and racism.

The play follows the story of Othello, a recently married man of rank who enjoys a brilliant military career and has a prosperous future ahead of him. But Othello has enemies. Enemies who will do anything to bring him down. One of them, Iago, devises a sinister plot to undermine Othello’s reputation, driving him into a jealous rage that ends in tragedy.

Love, jealousy, deception, murder. Othello is an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Think Shakespeare meets Scandi noir, the production of Changeling promises to sparkle with passion, intrigue and dark humor.

Show time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets (including deckchair hire): adults £19.50, children £12, plus booking fee.

And that’s not the only show put on by Phoenix Community Events.

Theater Royal Margate favorites Morgan and West have created a new family show and will perform it at Margate Main Sands on the morning of Sunday July 24.

Sharpen your swords, lace up your boots and stick a big feather in your hat for Morgan and West’s retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers. A whirlwind of fantasy, wit and puns awaits.

Will the marvelous Musketeers be able to recover the Queen’s prize diamonds? Will the infamous Cardinal de Richelieu get away with his dastardly plan? Can three actors play fifteen characters in just one hour? Find out in Morgan & West presents The Three Musketeers for kids!

Show time: 11:30 a.m., suitable for ages 6 and up

Tickets: adults £10, children £8 plus booking fee. Bring your own chair or rent one on the beach.

Tickets for both shows are on sale via www.margate-live.com/

To learn more about Phoenix Community Events CIC and how to support them, visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/phoenixcommunityevents

Theater Royal and Margate Winter Gardens bookings are ‘on hold’ in 2022 as plans are made for the venues’ future


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