It “went dark” for 535 days thanks to the pandemic, but the Regal Theatre reopened to great fanfare on September 2. No one could be more pleased to be back in business than the staff who worked tirelessly to bring the Redruth stage back to life.
“To say my team and I are thrilled that our theatre is back up and running is an understatement,” says theatre manager Helena Tondryk-Wilde.“It’s a hub for the local community and the wider area. It’s important for us all to have access to live entertainment,and the Regal brings an array of shows to Cornwall.”
Originally built in the 1930s in the fashionable Art Deco style, the venue has been reconfigured over the years and underwent extensive refurbishment in 2015. The theatre auditorium has a dual purpose: as well as presenting live theatre and entertainment, it also boasts the largest cinema screen in Cornwall.
Since 2015, the Regal has been committed to bringing a wider variety of live shows to the stage. Comedy is a speciality, with the likes of Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican and Jim Davidson playing to packed houses, and Sindhu Vee and Simon Evans due to visit.
Strictly dancers Pasha Kovalev and Oti Mabuse have graced the stage, as have all types of musicians from Port Isaac shantymen Fisherman’s Friends to folk pin-up Seth Lakeman, ‘70s rockers Showaddywaddy to Philly soul group The Stylistics, and some of the very best tribute bands touring the world today.
The Regal also supports local talent, with regular productions from Redruth’s exceptional amateur dramatics groups. In December, RAOST presents Ray Cooney’s frolicking farce Out of Order, while in January, RAMPS offers traditional panto with Dick Whittington.The cinema, meanwhile, operates under the Merlin banner and shows all the latest blockbusters (think James Bond!), as well as visiting events including Banff Mountain FilmFestival (November 9 and 10).
“There’s pretty much something for everyone, from national comedians and rock’n’roll bands to tribute bands and even a psychic,” says Helena. “We’re so pleased to be back in business,and we hope audiences will come out to support us.”
Friday, November 19: The Abba Reunion Tribute Show | Live Music
Tuesday, November 23: Sindhu Vee – Alphabet | Comedy
Thursday, November 25: Psychic Sally | Variety
Friday, November 26: The Drifters | Live Music
January 2022, dates TBC: RAOST presents Out Of Order
January 12 to 16: Dick Whittington – pantomime presented by RAMPS
Friday,January 28: An Evening of Burlesque
February 10: Comedian Simon Evans
February 18: Live music from Brit Award-winning vocal group Blake
Also: Musical theatre medley acts Beyond the Barricade, Disco Inferno and One Night In Dublin; Variety from Chippendale-style act Forbidden Nights; and Circus of Horrors, blending burlesque with bizarre.
To find out more, call01209 216278, find @regalredruth on Facebook or visit www.merlincinemas.co.uk/regal-theatre