A RAFT of shows have been rescheduled until the autumn after the closure of Christchurch Regent Centre.
Although the art deco theatre is set to remain shut for the foreseeable future, a skeleton team of staff are hard at work rearranging shows and performances, and contacting ticket holders for exchanges or refunds.
Regent Centre spokesperson Gary Theobald said the High Street cinema closed its doors at 5pm on Tuesday 17th March following a matinee performance of the film Emma. He continued: “As 175 loyal patrons left the centre, staff and volunteers were able to wish them good luck, stay safe and look forward to seeing them again when better times return.”
Since then, staff have been busy postponing and rearranging shows and films ready for when they can safely reopen to the public.
Gary said: “We would like to assure all patrons that their particular tickets will be attended to in due course but to please be patient as the skeleton staff are now having to work from home, and there are a lot of rescheduled shows to be dealt with.”
The first show to be postponed featured veteran Irish crooners Foster and Allen, who were unable to go ahead with their sold-out show on Sunday 22nd March. Gary said: “It broke their hearts to let their fans down but with overseas flights back to Dublin beginning to dry up, and given their ages, they had little choice but to head back to the Emerald Isle while they still could.”
However, the pair have now been re-scheduled to appear on Friday 30th October, with existing ticket holders given priority to rebook all events.
Other rescheduled shows include Big Girls Don’t Cry, a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Friday 11th September; Horrible Histories: The Worst of Barmy Britain on Saturday 24th October; Jive Talkin’, a tribute to the Bee Gees on Friday 15th January 2021; Sounds of the 70s with Johnny Walker on Thursday 4th February; Exciting Science on Thursday 18th February 2021; Blake on Sunday, 21st February 2021.
Later in spring 2021, Simon Evans in The Work of the Devil will be on stage on Saturday 6th March, followed by The Temperance 7 on Thursday 25th March, and the UK Pink Floyd Experience return on Friday 21st May.
Regent Centre general manager Matthew Vass-White has booked a series of additional shows including Highcliffe Charity Players in Copacabana the Musical between Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22nd August; The Real Thing on Saturday 5th September; Bournemouth Concert Brass Last Night of the Proms on Sunday 27th September; Luther – A Celebration of Luther Vandross on Friday 9th October; and Odyssey plus Support on Friday 23rd October.