Setting the Stage for when the Curtain Rises Again in Blackburn

Blackburn’s King George’s Hall is using the time in lockdown to make sure the venue will be ready to welcome back audiences with some extra sparkle when shows return.

As most shows are being postponed and the theatre’s doors are closed, a dedicated team are working hard “behind the scenes” so audiences will be able to see a host of improvements when the doors reopen.

As one of the busiest entertainment venues in the North West, King George’s Hall usually hosts events most days of the week and finding the opportunity for renovations, repairs and improvements is usually limited.

Now, with an empty building, the team at King George’s Hall are painting & repairing parts of the 100-year-old building and preparing the stage for spectacular shows for when events are able to start again.  Improvements include repairs to walls and paintwork in the entrances, stairwells and halls giving them a fresh new look.

Venues Operations Manager, Neil Dagnall said: “Alongside rescheduling our events, we are using the time to pick up projects that it’s hard to achieve amid the normal operating schedule.  We began with a deep clean of all areas and in recent weeks have moved on to focus on internal repairs and redecoration.  As well as brightening up Front of House areas, we are taking the time to reorganise some of our backstage spaces and delving into our archive.”

The work has been completed in accordance with social distancing rules and the whole team at King George’s Hall hope that audiences will enjoy their visits to see their favourite bands, comedians and shows even more, when it is safe for the curtain to rise again.

While the theatre is closed the team have also been updating the What’s On Guide on the King George’s Hall website with opportunities to enjoy theatre direct from your living room with a whole host of virtual theatre experiences, most of them free.

For details about shows and their new dates, audiences can visit the King George’s Hall website here