PRESS RELEASE - 9/11/23
The show must go on…Oh yes, it will!
Pendle Leisure Trust is pleased to announce that even though The Muni Theatre won’t be opening as previously scheduled, the pantomime, Jack and The Beanstalk will still go ahead.
The Muni Theatre, managed by Pendle Leisure Trust is disappointed to inform you that the work that is currently being done as part of the government's Levelling Up Fund will now need to be extended into the new year, however, due to the great partnership with The Pendle Hippodrome, the pantomime will still be coming to Colne!
Alison Goode, Chief Executive of Pendle Leisure Trust said. “As part of the Levelling Up Fund, The Muni Theatre is currently undergoing major renovations making the building fit for purpose for future generations. During the latest routine inspection by Boys, the contractors, it was identified that the ornate plaster on the auditorium ceiling was no longer secure and would need further work so a new scheme of works has now been programmed in. This essential work has therefore impacted the initial opening date and we’re now expecting to open in April 2024.
Although we're sad that the Muni won’t be open as initially planned, we’re very pleased that thanks to The Hippodrome Theatre, the second of the three theatres in Colne that are benefitting from the Levelling Up fund, we’re able to offer our annual pantomime a temporary home for 2024, meaning Jack and the Beanstalk will open, as planned!”
Boys, the construction company currently working on The Muni as part of the 1.56 million pound renovations said ‘For a building that’s over 100 years old, The Muni has seen many milestones and to make sure it sees many more, we’ve been having regular inspections of the building, including the plaster on the ornate ceiling in the auditorium. Unfortunately, it became apparent on the latest inspection that the plaster has cracked in certain areas and is therefore unsafe. We’ve since worked tirelessly with plaster professionals who had identified a new programme which has unfortunately impacted the proposed handover day. But with these much-needed repairs, The Muni will see many more milestones in the future.”
Yvette Saunders, The Muni Theatre Manager will be contacting the production companies in due course to reschedule as many of the shows as possible and all tickets already purchased will be honoured for the new dates. Any dates that cannot be rescheduled will have their tickets automatically refunded so there is no need to contact the Box Office. Holders of Tickets for the Pantomime will be contacted shortly with their updated seat numbers, and we’ll be honouring their original bookings as close as possible.
Alison Goode, Chief Executive continues. ‘As soon as we became aware that our beloved venue wouldn’t be ready in time for our Annual Pantomime, we knew we needed to find a way to make sure the children of Pendle and further afield wouldn’t miss out. With over 5000 children attending each year, our Panto is the New Year’s highlight for many of our local schools, not to mention a family tradition across the district, which is why we’re so pleased that The Pendle Hippodrome kindly accepted our request to host the forthcoming pantomime at their venue.”
Kevin Mason, Chairman of The Pendle Hippodrome said “When we were approached by Alison from The Muni, it was quickly agreed by the board that it was the least we could do after their invaluable help with securing our funding as part of the Levelling Up Fund in Colne. As part of the Heritage Quarter and after securing our 1.66 million pound refurbishment, being able to repay the favour and keep the magic of Pantomime alive is a great achievement for us all.”
Jack and The Beanstalk is a pantomime full of Fe, Fi, Fo & Fun!
Join our hero Jack, his mother Dame Trott & his brother Silly Billy as they try to defeat the evil Fleshcreep and his master the Giant who lives in the great castle in the sky. Jack dreams of marrying Princess Jill, he hopes that if he saves the village his dreams may just come true. With help from The Fairy and some magic beans, anything is possible…
Starring TV Legends – Sooty & Sweep, BBC Pitch Battle’s – Joe McEvoy as Jack, Comedy Star – David Drewitt as Silly Billy, The Hilarious – Danny Jay as Dame Trott, Singing Sensation – Hayley Russell as The Fairy & Introducing – Emma Jervis as Princess Jill. This spectacular pantomime features a delicious blend of beautiful scenery, colourful costumes, a live band, 3D Effects, dazzling dance routines, great songs and plenty of laughter.
Don’t miss this year’s spectacular pantomime featuring a superb cast, beautiful scenery, colourful costumes, amazing special effects and lots and lots of laughs at The Pendle Hippodrome from Friday 5th – Sun 21st January
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The Muni is an Edwardian theatre situated in the heart of Colne town centre, providing year-round entertainment for all the family, from live music, big name comedians, children’s shows and dance nights, to local and national theatre
Over the years, this iconic landmark has played host to some well-known sporting stars, top class comedians, music legends and stars of stage and screen; and continues to do so, providing audiences with the very best in live entertainment
The theatre can be transformed to provide standing room for crowds at live music events or seating for theatre shows, both of which include seating for 200 people in the comfortable, spacious balcony
The venue has a fully-stocked, licensed bar and a large, sprung dance floor and can be hired for any occasion or event, from wedding receptions and birthday parties, to awards evenings and charity fundraisers
The theatre also boasts another smaller room - The Mini Muni - which can hold parties of up to 60 people, making it perfect for a more intimate occasion with friends and family or a small meeting
Birthdays, christenings, family gatherings, anniversaries… whatever you’re celebrating, The Mini Muni is an ideal location for any occasion. It has a well-stocked, licenced bar, plus a small stage, making it the perfect space for events, celebrations and meetings
The Muni is accessible for wheelchair-users and there are disabled toilets located on the ground floor. For more information about our facilities, click here