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'Beat the drums' - Haverhill Arts Centre is to raise the curtains once again




Almost 34 weeks to the day since its lockdown-related closure, Haverhill Arts Centre is set to re-open on November 11.

The theatre and cinema, which has been described as the cultural heartbeat of the town has been ‘dark’ for six months.

Nick Keeble, arts and leisure manager for Haverhill Town Council said: “Toot the trumpets and beat the drums Haverhill Arts Centre is back!

Actor Nicholas Collett will be appearing in the one-man drama, Spitfire Solo, at Haverhill Arts Centre on November 21. Submitted picture
Actor Nicholas Collett will be appearing in the one-man drama, Spitfire Solo, at Haverhill Arts Centre on November 21. Submitted picture

“I am thrilled to be able to open our doors again to the people of Haverhill and beyond with a programme of both cinema and live events and a ‘pop-up’ panto.

“You can insert your own panto joke here!

“We obviously have to do things differently now and so our customers’ and our staff’s safety is our number one concern.

Renowned guitarist Brooks Williams will be at Haverhill Arts centre on November 14. Picture by Kris Kesiak
Renowned guitarist Brooks Williams will be at Haverhill Arts centre on November 14. Picture by Kris Kesiak

“Ticket availability for each show is greatly reduced, social distancing measures will be in place and face-coverings will be required most of the time.

“We are also asking customers to buy their tickets online.

“A limited phone service is available but all tickets must be purchased in advance.

Comedy improvisors The Noise Next Door. Submitted picture
Comedy improvisors The Noise Next Door. Submitted picture

“It might be weird at first but I am sure we will all get used to it.

“Ticket sales have got off to good start so it seems that for many people this is a good time to be making our come-back.”

Nick picked out his ownhighlights, including the return of the ‘super-skilled’ Brooks Williams, one of his favourite guitarists, on November 14.

Dame Dora's Pop-Up-Panto Party will be staged at Haverhill Arts Centre from December 19 to 23. Submitted picture
Dame Dora's Pop-Up-Panto Party will be staged at Haverhill Arts Centre from December 19 to 23. Submitted picture

The Noise Next Door, a band of really funny comedy improvisors who use the audience as their inspiration (November 20) and the moving reflections of a Battle of Britain pilot Spitfire Solo (November 21) which ties in with the town council’s Remembrance Day tributes, are also among his stand-outs.

Nick added: “A special mention of course goes to Dame Dora’s Pop-Up Panto Party.

“ A Covid-safe Christmas show that has been developed just for us by our regular panto company That’s Entertainment.”

On its first two days after reopening, the arts centre will screen the films Military Wives, on November 11 and I am Greta, on November 12.

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