BACK TO ENTERTAIN YOU, because of YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT, THANK YOU!
We have been closed now since March, it feels like a lifetime and we have missed you!
However, we have enjoyed interacting with many of you via the wonderful platform of social media. Your feedback has been a massive boost to not only the management but to all our staff and show casts during these trying times.
Many of the comments, from followers, most specifically on Facebook, have stated that the daily posts which have been featured have been a lifeline and an integral part of making the lockdown tolerable for our patrons. The archived video footage taken from shows as far back as 1994 has been viewed 373,210 times and during this time followers have increased by over 800!
That could also be a contributory factor towards the recent announcement we made confirming that we are counted amongst the TOP 10% ATTRACTIONS WORLDWIDE-having just won the Travellers’ Choice award, based on reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor. Which considering the theatre has remained closed and we only had 5 reviews posted during lockdown is a testament to the number of 5 Star reviews we have received in recent years. WE KNOW this accolade is down to the supportive patrons that visit us from across the country every year!
Although benefitting from recent donations, the initiatives allocated by the government and a business loan, these funds will not sustain the viability of the venue into next year whilst closed. In fact even re-opening with only a small revenue being generated because of the restrictions and costs of providing a safe environment the survival of the venue into 2021/22 is still going to be down to the continued generosity of everyone that values the venue and its contribution that it makes to the local economy.
The Theatre’s Trust have linked with Crowdfunder.co.uk to create an umbrella campaign #saveourtheatres that will go live on Monday 7th September. Every venue, no matter its size, whether its run as a community project, by a district council or a limited company can apply to join the campaign. What makes crowdfunding campaigns unique are the many rewards that can be bought in exchange for a donation and the Babbacombe Theatre will have some terrific rewards, albeit some will be limited, but pledges from just £10 can get some really special and unique gifts, so do look out for the campaign so you can determine the reward that will be right for you, whilst taking an active role in ensuring the venue survives!
Incidentally, we have saved the best snippet of news to last!
From Tuesday 27th October the Box Office will re-open to the public and on Wednesday 4th November and weekly on Wednesdays thereafter at 3pm & 8.15pm you can book to see the show rated with 5 stars – SuperStars. One reviewer wrote – “SUPERSTARS *****(and one super star) has a wealth of new material and an energy that never stops. The format may be tried and tested, but Superstars feels fresh from start to finish with polished performances all round”. What a great way to enjoy live ENTERTAINMENT again.
There will be new guidelines in place for not only the venues cast and staff, but for patrons too. Most significantly because of reduced audience numbers to be COVID – 19 SECURE, it is anticipated that the shows, most especially those on Boxing Day & New Year’s Day will sell out quickly - they usually have a full house on those dates as well as some dates in November when they can seat 600 people- so early bird bookings are advisable.
The dates and times will be Wednesdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November 3pm & 8.15pm. Wednesdays 2nd and 9th December 3pm & 8.15pm
Wednesdays 16th & 23rd December one show at either 3pm or 8.15pm To Be confirmed. Boxing Day, Saturday 26th December 12 Noon & 3pm, Monday 28th December 3pm and New Year’s Day, Friday 1st January Noon & 3pm.
On Wednesday 28th October you can call the box office on 01803 328385 or pop in between 10am – 5pm.
It will be so good to welcome you back.
Published: 26th Aug 2020