Published Thursday, 28th September 2023

The Harlequin Theatre and Cinema will remain closed until Friday 20 October, whilst specialist survey work goes on, following the discovery of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

“This will give us time to better understand the full extent, what work may be needed and the timescales for these” explains Leader of the Council, Cllr Richard Biggs.

“We know how important and loved the Harlequin is by the community. Sadly, we will need to cancel or postpone all the shows and events at our popular venue until 20 October. We appreciate how disappointing this will be to our customers and the wider community, but everyone’s safety must come first.”

“We’re working closely with the building’s managing agents and further updates will follow as we learn more. We really appreciate your patience whilst this important work goes on.”

Customers with tickets for performances or those with events or room bookings up until 20 October will be contacted directly as soon as possible.

Initial statement from Tuesday 26 September.