Shining out across the remnants of rubble and twisted steel, the Century Theatre stands as a beacon of light over the devastation that was once Snibston Discovery Museum.
The “Show Must Go On”, say the volunteers who are now booking acts well into 2018. National comedians are queueing up to play in what is probably the quirkiest theatre venue in the country. Where else can you play to 200 people in a folding theatre? Surely the audience will be creased?
Century Theatre-goers in April were treated to a scamper through the history of music by minstrels to English Heritage “Blast from the Past”. After the medieval humour, bawdy Renaissance songs accompanied by a variety of early instruments including a crumhorn and harpsichord, the musicians made a plea to the audience:
“Don’t let this place close,” they said. “We travel all round the country, from Perth to Penzance. This is our favourite venue. It is so special. Please, when you go home, tell at least one other person about this place and make them come and support it”.
Tucked away, off the Ashby Road, hidden behind the Harris fencing that defends the destruction of Snibston Museum from prying eyes and photo-journalists, the Century Theatre is still the liveliest for miles around.
Premier comedy from Badapple Theatre, virtuoso Spanish guitar from Eduardo Nieblo and more raunchy historical explorations including “Sex and the Tudors” are in the diary over the next few months.
Buying tickets online couldn’t be easier: http://www.centurytheatre.co.uk/diary
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