Consett's Empire Theatre will close over the summer of 2020 to allow for a half a million pound refurbishment including repairs and redecorating.

The 500 seat Consett Empire Theatre will close its doors in April to allow for a £500,000 programme of changes including repair work to the roof, redecorating the interior and improving back stage facilities.

When will the Consett Empire Theatre close?

It will close for about five and a half months, from Wednesday April 1 2020 until early September.

Last year Bishop Auckland Town Hall also closed from August until Spring 2020 in order to create a new bar, cafe and art gallery.

Consett Empire Theatre will close from April 2020 for about five months
Consett Empire Theatre will close from April 2020 for about five months

What's being upgraded at the Empire Theatre?

The £500,000 works will include redecorating the Empire Theatre's auditorium, enhancements to the stage and lighting, and improving backstage facilities for visiting acts.  

There will also be essential repairs made to the roof and cosmetic updates to the cafe and box office areas.

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Can I still buy tickets for shows while it's closed?

Yes. Tickets for upcoming shows will still be available to purchase in advance during the closure, either online at the Empire Theatre website or via a temporary Box Office at Consett Library.

Opening times for the temporary box office will be 9.30am to 5pm on Mondays, 9.30am to 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 9.30am to 1pm on Fridays.

You can find more information during the closure from the Consett Empire Theatre's Facebook page which is @empiretheatreconsett, or on its website at

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