By Ian Youngs
Entertainment & arts reporter
Shrek the Musical in Carlisle and gigs by comic Jimmy Carr in Northampton and Kent are among the reveals to were known as off after crumbling concrete change into as soon as discovered in a string of theatres.
Carr’s tour change into as soon as attributable to visit Dartford’s Orchard theatre and Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, but both venues have closed for the rest of the month.
Carlisle’s Sands Occasions Centre is shut rapidly “for added assessments”.
St David’s Hall in Cardiff is moreover shut for in spite of every thing four weeks.
The town council mentioned it wished to “create intrusive surveys to extra reassure ourselves and the public on the safety” of the hall.
Graham Nash, Miriam Margolyes, Lindisfarne and Adrian Edmonson were scheduled to look there in the following month.
Venues in Solihull and Stockport have moreover shut while inspections happen.
They’ve all discovered bolstered autoclaved aerated concrete, identified as RAAC, which has affected lots of public structures collectively with about 150 colleges in England.
Carr change into as soon as scheduled to look in Dartford on Friday, but suggested fans the Orchard change into as soon as “closing rapidly to learn about the exhaust” of the potentially unsafe concrete.
Dolly Parton tribute act Sarah Jayne change into as soon as attributable to play there on Wednesday, but mentioned it change into as soon as “very disappointing and very sad” to learn about the closure the outdated afternoon.
“Because it is probably you’ll also imagine, we were in shock, and so were presumably 600 these that had purchased tickets too,” she suggested BBC Radio Kent.
The venue change into as soon as moreover attributable to hosts events collectively with Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and An Night With Harry Redknapp later this month.
In Northampton, a poke of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and reveals by comedians collectively with Tim Vine, Jordan Gray, Phil Wang and Carr have fallen sufferer to the month-long closure.
“We demand to your patience during this time, and we are going to provide you with the option to be reopening as soon as we are going to provide you with the option to,” an announcement mentioned.
Shrek change into as soon as attributable to visit Carlisle this week as phase of the hit musical’s UK tour, however the Sands Occasions Centre mentioned it had shut as “a precautionary step”. The centre’s unusual significant constructing, which contains a swimming pool and café, is unaffected.
In other areas, the Core theatre in Solihull, West Midlands, has closed as a precaution so as “proceed our investigations”, the native council mentioned. Other intention of the constructing, containing a library and cafe, are aloof birth.
However the theatre’s closure scuppered a producing of Tiny Store of Horrors by Coleshill On Stage, which change into as soon as attributable to birth on Thursday. “We were fully devastated after 5 months of rehearsals,” director Joyce Eyre suggested BBC WM.
The Dialogue board Theatre in Romiley, Stockport, has moreover closed “as a precautionary measure and to make clear the safety of our physique of workers, performers and company”.
An announcement mentioned: “We realise this is in a position to be very disappointing to our patrons and our performers but our precedence is to make certain that the constructing is safe.”
The Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh, East Lothian, closed in March and remains shut after “enormous areas” of the roof were discovered to were constructed from RAAC.
Other venues have discovered the concrete but mentioned they did no longer wish to shut.
The Nationwide Theatre in London mentioned it had “a miniature quantity of decide at the back of the scenes areas where RAAC is reward”.
An announcement added: “Our structural engineers are in the technique of surveying these areas, initial indications are that they’re safe and assemble no longer in the in the intervening time require remedial works.”
The YMCA theatre in Scarborough closed intention of its constructing on Monday but has now reopened after an inspection discovered it did no longer comprise RAAC.
Within the intervening time, the Ambassadors Theatre Community, which operates 10 West Live venues and 27 in lots of areas in the UK, mentioned it had a thought to “to closely video show the integrity of our venues”.
A spokesperson mentioned: “We are confident that we assemble no longer have structural points on legend of RAAC, and we would esteem to reassure our prospects that no ATG venues are struggling from this articulate.”
Robin Townley of the Affiliation of British Theatre Technicians suggested BBC News that RAAC change into as soon as no longer very accurate to be frail for organising auditoria, so “the incidence of the system in theatre structures will confidently be quite restricted”.
Nonetheless, it can perchance also very effectively be extra frequent in “ancillary spaces” esteem foyers and at the back of the scenes areas, he mentioned.
Claire Walker, co-chief executive of Society of London and UK Theatre, no longer too long ago suggested alternate paper The Stage she believed the amount of affected theatres “will doubtless be extremely restricted”.
However The Stage’s Matthew Hemley suggested BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on Tuesday that it change into as soon as a serious blow for these venues.
“We have now true weathered Covid when so many theatres needed to discontinuance their doors, and then rebuild and serve audiences back,” he mentioned. “It can well no longer unquestionably come at a worse imaginable time.”