Plans to reopen Theatr Ardudwy in Harlech over the summer have been announced by KMD Productions Ltd. The venue was first closed in 2016 due to concerns about the structural integrity and safety of the building, in addition to financial issues.
Theatr Ardudwy first opened in 1973 where it hosted numerous community productions and also functioned as an arts centre, making it an integral part of the artistic hub in Harlech. It was the first post-war theatre in Wales and is known for its Brutalist architecture. Now, after five years of closure, the theatre is set to reopen thanks to KMD Productions Ltd and sister company Ignite Live UK.
£500k worth of renovations are due to commence on 20th June, with hopes to reopen by mid-August. Kallum O’Sullivan, of KMD Productions Ltd, told the BBC: “We will be producing top musicals and plays at a professional standard. It will no longer be a community theatre, it will be a professional receiving and touring theatre.”
Gareth Thomas, councillor for Gwynedd and cabinet member for economic development and community, spoke on the importance of Theatr Ardudwy’s reopening for the local community. In a comment to the BBC, he said:
“It will be a hub for the community. At the moment, they would have to travel a lot further to access this sort of asset. It’s very important, in terms of people’s confidence, that this succeeds this time. It’s important that we have an arts hub for the area and I hope it will generate enough income this time to become financially feasible. We hope to support them in this new venture, and I have been in touch with the new owners to see how we as the local council can support them.”
You can read more about Theatr Ardudwy and its reopening here.