A THEATRE company is preparing for a busy season both on and off the stage.
The autumn programme for Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre has been released as volunteers prepare to unveil their latest renovation work at the venue.
The Corn Exchange Theatre Company was launched in 2000 to set about transforming the building into a modern theatre and has gone on to attract a number of top performers.
Acts confirmed for the autumn and winter season include comedian Joe Pasquale, Adrian Edmondson and medium Colin Fry.
Theatre manager Judith Mackie said: “It is a difficult time in the entertainment business but we are delighted with the continued growth of the popularity of the theatre.
“In the past eight months we have managed to run all our the shows booked by the theatre, which is an amazing achievement as many theatres have been cancelling shows every month.”
Mrs Mackie has assured people that there is no risk when booking tickets at the theatre.
It follows problems at The Broadway Theatre in Peterborough this month where shows have been cancelled and ticket holders have had trouble getting refunds.
She said: “People who book tickets in advance with us feel secure in the set up of the company.
“As a registered charity we have a ticket holding account for the sole purpose of paying artists from money paid in on individual shows. No other theatre expenses are paid from this account.
“This also means that if a show was to be cancelled we would always have the money to pay the customer back immediately.”
Other acts coming up this season include Joe Brown, Marty Wilde & the Wildcats, Alvin Stardust, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, The Sex Pistols Experience, The Bon Jovi Experience and an evening of dance, magic and illusion on ice.
Amateur productions will also be staged including a variety show for the Friends of Stamford Hospital, The Sorcerer from Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan, The Merry Widow by Peterborough Opera and Cinderella by the Stamford Pantomime Players.
Off stage the theatre company’s volunteers will unveil the new theatre window with an electronic blind and a heritage room featuring memorabilia from past events.
Visit www.stamford-corn-exchange.co.uk for full details on this season’s acts.