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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Musical delayed as asbestos removed from Cumbrian theatre

Asbestos has failed to stop a musical society’s latest show – but it has delayed the performance.

A major development of Workington’s Carnegie Theatre is currently underway but, after contractors found asbestos on site, the finish date has been put back two weeks.

And due to the delay, Workington and District Amateur Musical Society’s production of Little Shop of Horrors has had to be rescheduled.

Philip Martin-White, from the society, said that it had been a “challenge” to rearrange dates with the scenery hire company and also the licensee holder for Little Shop of Horrors.

“However, despite the challenge we have managed to do everything we needed to do and are pleased to announce that our production will still go ahead,” he added.

Because of the date change, the society has also taken the opportunity to increase the number of performances from four to five, as early indications indicated it would a popular show.

A spokeswoman for Allerdale council said that the asbestos which was found on site has been safely “dealt with” and work is well underway.

“The council wanted to give Workington and District Amateur Musical Society as much notice as possible that there was a risk the completion of the work could be delayed so that the group could plan for that eventuality,” she added.

“We’re sorry that there may be a delay but have worked with WADAMS and understand that they are able to reschedule their production until a little later in September.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing them on stage in the first show in the new-look Carnegie.”

Little Shop of Horrors is almost fully cast, with Maryport teenager Ben Hall taking on his first principal role of Seymour.

Former Flimby man, Clark Wilkinson, is currently taking a break from the West End to direct the show which takes place from Tuesday, September 17 to Saturday, 21. For tickets contact the Carnegie box office on 01900 602122.

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