Delay in theatre opening
Following an intensive period of construction work over the last few months, regretfully, Bangor University has to announce that Theatr Bryn Terfel will not be ready in time for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s production of ‘Chwalfa’ in September.
The production of Chwalfa will now be moved to the New Year.
Chair of Pontio’s Arts Advisory Board, Bangor University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Jerry Hunter said:
“We sincerely apologise to our audiences, the local community, our partners, and in particular Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and we share their disappointment.
“We have been working intensively with the contractor over the last six months and the schedule has been tight, but we believed that it could be met. We have however today reluctantly concluded that it will not be possible to open as planned with ‘Chwalfa’.
“We are now going through a detailed process of review with the contractor, Miller, to establish a revised timetable for opening. Pontio, Bangor University’s Arts and Innovation Centre, is due to open in phases, with the theatre opening first.
“We will announce the new dates for Chwalfa at the end of this month. Everyone who has bought a ticket will automatically be transferred to the corresponding performance when it’s rearranged, or alternatively will have the option of receiving a full refund. In addition, to compensate for the inconvenience, customers will be given a £5 gift voucher to use against any other performance in the Theatre. Pontio box office staff will be in touch with customers directly.
“We would like to thank Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru for their cooperation in this matter meaning that we will be able to stage this fantastic production in the new year.
“The detailed discussions with the contractor regarding the opening date will take time. Only when these are completed will we be able to confirm the revised date.
“There are certainly lessons to be learnt from this but our priority at this moment is on working with the contractor to complete the building, and deliver a high quality artistic opening programme. As soon as we have our revised schedule we will make a further announcement.”
Publication date: 3 September 2014