Clacton theatre has vital facelift

Princes Theatre, Clacton

Princes Theatre, Clacton - Credit: Archant

A popular Clacton theatre has undergone a facelift costing almost £20,000.

The Princes Theatre has had new carpet and curtains installed, as well as being redecorated.

There have also been improvements made to the bar area in the Essex Hall.

Based in Clacton town hall, the venue is run by Tendring District Council.

In the past year more than 36,000 paying customers took their seats for a wide-range of shows, including the annual pantomime.

It is also hired out for weddings and conferences and is home to the successful Clacton Arts and Literary Society.

Mick Skeels, Tendring district councillor for leisure, said the revamp was all about creating an attractive and welcoming environment for everyone.

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He said: “We want our audiences, our entertainers and all those who use the theatre to have the best possible experience and look forward to coming back.

“I think it is fair to say that parts of the theatre were looking a little tired and were in need of a modernisation programme.

“We have achieved a great deal on a relatively small budget, especially considering the size of the theatre, and I hope people will be impressed with what they find.

“It is all about the council’s ongoing commitment to provide good quality services and facilities to our residents.”

The theatre has a capacity of 820.

The artists’ changing rooms were refurbished in 2013.