Assembly Rooms to be closed for 18 months after fire

d7ba1f733af4efe9eba4c6751b4bbfc7_f934Derby City Council has today announced that the Assembly Rooms will be closed for a minimum of 18 months following the serious fire in the plant room on the roof of the building five weeks ago.

Adam Wilkinson, chief executive said: “The Council is committed to a significant cultural facility in the city centre but due to the on-going assessment of damage after the fire, it has become clear we cannot re-open the building as quickly as we would like. We are continuing to work through the various options open to us, based on either refurbishing or replacing the current building.”

Customers who have purchased tickets for shows later this year at the Assembly Rooms will be reimbursed in due course and those with tickets for shows in April/May will be contacted first by Derby LIVE Box Office.  They hope to be able to hold the annual pantomime at an alternative venue in the city.

They are exploring opportunities to move some events to other venues, including some Derby Comedy Festival events, Derby Folk Festival and this year’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. They say they will update their website as soon as they can confirm any moves. However, the majority of events, including some events that had been rescheduled from the original eight week closure period, will have to be cancelled and ticket holders will receive a full refund.

All other scheduled Derby LIVE events in the Guildhall Theatre, on the Market Place and other outdoor spaces, will go ahead as planned.

For more details go to http://www.derbylive.co.uk