Brian Conley, Jane McDonald and Keith Harris ensured the re-launch of Crewe Lyceum Theatre went off with a bang.
It outlined some of the typical high-class entertainment that theatregoers can expect to see at the Edwardian venue in the town centre.
The Lyceum, which celebrated its centenary in 2011, has been given a new lease of life under the management of HQ Theatres and Hospitality – the country’s second-largest regional theatre operator.
Cheshire East Council continues to part-fund the venue but with a much-reduced subsidy, ensuring a better deal for taxpayers.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I am delighted with our new partners for the Lyceum and this is sure to be the beginning of a fruitful relationship.
“The venue is at the heart of the town and central to our plans to redevelop Crewe. Some big changes are ahead and we are working hard to give the town a much-needed economic lift with better housing, more businesses and better transport links.
“What I really hope now is that the people of Crewe and the surrounding area recognise what a tremendous facility they have on their doorstep and continue to use the Lyceum Theatre and be a part of its future.”
The foyers have been refurbished and a stylish new bistro has been created, which are now open daily. There are also opportunities for pre-theatre dining to add a touch of luxury to visits to the Lyceum.
And the venue’s programme just gets better and better – with comedians such as Jack Dee, Andy Parsons and Sean Lock all set to perform in coming months.
The traditional Christmas pantomime has also been announced, with Adam Woodyatt to perform as Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
The theatre will stage classical and popular music concerts, opera and ballet as well as national tours of well-known family shows and great stage plays and musicals.
Nick Thomas, chairman of Qdos Entertainment, the parent company of HQ Theatres and Hospitality, said: “The hugely-successful Live at the Lyceum event marked the beginning of our tenure of this historic theatre and there was no better way to showcase the venue than by the sensational line-up led by Brian Conley.
“We look forward to welcoming the people of Crewe and from beyond for many years to come and encourage the local community to make the most of their unique and beautiful Theatre.”
To take a look at the exciting new programme at Crewe Lyceum, visit www.crewelyceum.co.uk or call the box office on 01270 368242.