Iconic theatre announces reopening after it’s saved from collapse

An iconic Yorkshire theatre has announced it will be reopening after it was saved from financial collapse.

The Square Chapel, Halifax, today (Monday) said it would be reopening for live events in ‘late summer/early autumn 2021’.

The venue, in an 18th-century Wesleyan chapel, fell into administration at the beginning of coronavirus lockdown, in March 2020.

But the live venue and arts centre was bailed out in September when the chapel was acquired by Arts At The Mill.

The Wigan-based, not-for-profit initiative manages the Old Courts arts centre and Royal Court Theatre in the Lancashire town. It is also converting the famous Wigan Pier venue into a food hall, events venue and cultural education space.

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Square Chapel managing director Dave Jenkins said: “We are hugely excited to welcome the community and performers back in the buildings but prior to that, we are working hard to ensure that we have everything in place to do so safely and fully equipped to deliver what Calderdale deserves.”

The Square Chapel after its £6.6m extension in 2017
The Square Chapel after its £6.6m extension in 2017

And Arts At The Mill wants to hear what you would like to see at the Square Chapel when it reopens. More information can be found on the Square Chapel website.

Director Jonathan Davenport said: “As an organisation, we are deeply rooted in creating, producing and programming work with the community which is why the coming months are crucial. We are about to embark upon a significant programme of consultation to hear in person what the community of Halifax wants and needs most from us.

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“Along with our knowledge and experience from running our sites in Wigan, we feel we have a great chance of formulating an inclusive, relevant and ambitious plan for Square Chapel.

“It’s incredibly important that we find our place among other organisations in Calderdale and work hard to look at the whole cultural picture and not just our own activity.

“We’re mapping out existing relationships, existing organisations and setting out to play our part in the development of what we think is a fantastic region for culture.”

YorkshireLive – Halifax