More show their support for bid to save theatre
THE bid to help save Swansea's historic Palace Theatre is gathering pace.
Earlier this month a meeting was held to see if there was enough support in the community to help save the Victorian theatre in High Street, which has fallen into a dilapidated state in recent years.
The meeting was hailed as a success by organisers and now more people have come forward to show their support as well.
Organiser Stephen Donnelly said the response had been excellent and that the best way to move forward was to establish a Building Preservation Trust which could work with interested parties to help save the building.
"There have been lots of people coming forward to help and with ideas about fundraising, it's just a question of trying to get people together," he said.
"Currently I am still talking to people from the Building Preservation Trust to find out the best way to get it organised.
"We want to make sure we do it properly, something like this has been tried before and it didn't work out."
Meanwhile, the national advisory body for theatres, The Theatres Trust, has described the state of the building as shocking.
Mr Donnelly met with members of the group ahead of the publication next week of their report into at risk theatres across the country.
Director Mhora Samuel said: "It was shocking to see how far the buddleia growth had increased since last year.
"The theatre is on The Theatres Trust's Theatre Buildings at Risk Register, which this year will be published on 19 September."
The theatre is believed to be one of only a handful of such triangular structures left in the country.
Among the acts who performed at the historic building are screen comedy icons Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Morecambe and Wise.
Actor Anthony Hopkins (below) even made his first professional stage appearance there in 1960 with Swansea Little Theatre's production of Have a Cigarette.