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Shows to continue despite Scottish theatre's liquidation

Date Added: 17/08/2011  

The show will go on at a theatre in Scotland, despite the charitable trust in charge of the location going into liquidation.

Derek Shaw, chairman of the Whitehall Theatre Trust, said the venue could be hosting performances again as early as next month.

Speaking to the Courier, he explained a lot of people have come forward and offered their help and support to the theatre in its testing financial situation.

"Our target is to be open for September 1st when Dundee Schools Music Theatre will put on the planned show, Me and My Girl," Mr Shaw told the newspaper.

He noted the theatre has a "duty" to put on the performance, due to the time and effort hundreds of young people have spent trying to bring it to the stage.

"There is a lot of hard work ahead of us. However, with all the goodwill and offers of help we have received, the show must go on," added Mr Shaw.

Dundee West End councillor Richard McCready stated he is sorry the theatre may be forced to close, pointing out Dundee needs a range of cultural activities in order to thrive.

The council will be asked to look into ways it could potentially help out the trust to get it into a more secure financial position and keep the venue open for the future.

Fellow ward councillor Fraser Macpherson noted it is "reassuring" Mr Shaw has already signalled his intention to have the location open in time for the autumn season.

Acts lined up to appear at the venue in the coming weeks include the comedian Jim Davidson, Scottish musical duo The Alexander Brothers and comics Milton Jones and Ed Byrne.

The Whitehall Theatre was also set to host a performance of Aladdin in the run-up to Christmas, with the Downfield Musical Theatre preparing to open the show on December 16th.

Posted by Julie Cutts 

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