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Emergency repairs to Swansea’s Palace Theatre

Emergency repair work is expected to begin on Swansea’s historic Palace Theatre which was included in our Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings 2013.

Palace Theatre, Swansea

The Victorian Society has welcomed the news that emergency repair work is expected to begin on Swansea’s historic Palace Theatre. However, concerns remain about the building’s long term future. The theatre was included in the Victorian Society’s list of the Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings in England and Wales 2013 as the dilapidation had become so severe that it threatened the buildings survival.

The Grade II-listed Palace Theatre, built by architects Alfred Bucknall & Edward William Jennings in 1888, has hosted Charlie Chaplin and was the site of Anthony Hopkins’s first stage appearance in 1960.  However, the building has been seriously neglected since it was last in use.

The theatre’s owners have now started preparations for repair work on the building. However, Swansea Council has made clear that its offer of retrospective grant funding, to repair masonry and make the building watertight, will only be available if the work is done to a satisfactory standard by the end of the month.

Local group, Save The Palace Theatre Swansea, are petitioning Swansea Council to go further to ensure the theatre’s future through more engagement with local groups.

James Hughes, Victorian Society Conservation Advisor, said: ‘Repairs to make the building watertight would be a positive development and should prevent further damage. However, the Council must continue to press the owners to come up with a scheme that will see the Palace Theatre restored and once again playing a role in the community’.

Thursday 8 January, 2015

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