Campaign news and related items
Super Sounds of the Sixties
Peter Donegan son of the king of skiffle Lonnie Donegan, travelled hundreds of miles to entertain us, in tribute to his late dad and at the same time helping raise funds to keep the campaign going to save the Theatre Royal. Also playing was an all-star sixties band, having around 13 hits between them - Alan Warner from The Foundations, Toni Baker from The Dakota's, Terry Rice-Milton from Cupid's Inspiration, Roger Nicholas from Gidea Park, Derek Quinn from Freddie and the Dreamers, Eric Haydock from The Hollies. Also on the bill were John Martin and Billy Davieson. A super sold-out event that had everyone on their feet dancing to those wonderful sounds of the sixties. Thank you to all that organised, played, supported this great event.
The Jersey Boys from the West
End doing The Jersey Nights at Hyde Town Hall helping to raise money to
buy the Theatre Royal, so that more live shows like this can be enjoyed
by the people in and around Tameside. We won these tickets and I
would like to say 'Thank you' to Louise Croombs from Tameside Radio,
who is so lovely, and to Brenda, (who is also lovely) who fussed over
Ben and I and treated us like royalty... front row seats &
piccis with the boys. The place was rocking, everyone singing &
dancing in the aisles. A truly memorable night.
Simon Schofield and members of the London cast supporting the group’s efforts to re-open Hyde Theatre Royal performed the hit show at Hyde Town Hall on Sunday 28th February 2016.
Theatre Royal Onward are delighted to announce that Les Dennis, the well-known entertainer and actor, is supporting our efforts to preserve, restore and re-open Hyde Theatre Royal.
Chairman John Gray said "Having Les as a patron gives the project and ourselves a massive boost. Although very busy with Coronation Street and other commitments Les said he would like to come and visit when he gets a break. His support is fantastic news and is very much appreciated".Tameside Advertiser article
are delighted to have received a donation of £75 and a message of
support from Alan Bennett the well known playwright and author of the
History Boys and Talking Heads among others. He sent the following
words on a card with a picture of the Ribblehead Viaduct and a
caricature of his own head. His message reads:
‘I imagine you will have despaired of receiving this contribution but here it is and I hope it helps the writing competition and the Theatre Royal Hyde. All Good Wishes. Alan Bennett.’
It's wonderful to receive the support of someone as well known and respected as Alan. Thank You.
Gee Cross Fair 2014
New Ideas - Old Buildings
Motown Magic with Strictly 4 Kicks
A superb night of Motown and Soul music was enjoyed by a full house at the Ukranian Club, Ashton, on Friday 25th April 2014. What a feel-good band they are. People were on their feet dancing from the first song to chucking out time!! A big thank you to the band for supporting Theatre Royal Onwards latest fundraiser. Thanks also to all who helped organising the evening, selling tickets and helping on the night - you all contributed to another very sucessful night.
We are sorry to hear that Arthur Wilde passed away recently. He was chief projectionist at Hyde Theatre Royal and had a lifelong passion for theatre and cinema. He kept an eye on the building and looked after the equipment for years after the theatre closed. Many people learned so much about cinema and theatre from Arthur, he will be sadly missed. Our grateful thanks for his dedication and heartfelt condolences to his family.
A Cappella Success!
Hyde Heritage Weekend
Royal Onward attended Hyde Heritage Weekend on September 14th with lots
of interest from the people of Hyde. Everyone we spoke to had a story
or a link to the theatre and expressed support for our efforts. The
more people know about the campaign the better so having a presence at
these events is very important. Thanks to all who contributed to a
Royal Onward gave a short update to Hyde District Assembly regarding
the latest news and our vision for the theatre on Monday 22nd July
2013. The Chair of Hyde District Assembly, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick,
thanked TRO for the presentation which was well received.
Monday March 12th there was a very positive meeting between TRO,
Tameside Council and David Wilmore, a nationally respected theatre
consultant, where options for possible ways forward for the Theatre
Royal were explored. The main thrust is for the building to be
'multi-use' in the same manner of the Troxy, London and many other
theatres in the same situation as we are. David gave examples of
similar schemes being successful from around the country.
Notwithstanding the current economic climate, there is broad support
from the Council for the scheme and it was agreed that we should meet
again where options can be progressed. The present owner has indicated
that he does not know what the eventual use of the building will be. We
hope he will be interested in our proposals.
What a brilliant evening of Laurel and Hardy! A near full house laughed and sang along to the antics on stage for this Theatre Royal Onward fundraiser. Big thanks to Chris Coffey, Andrew Craig Shepherd for a very entertaining evening. A Sailors Beware Tent link up event to support Theatre Royal Onward. Read more...
was hoped that following restoration the Theatre Royal, whose space was
just the right fit, would one day be packed with people enjoying its
awe inspiring sound. Not to be. LTOT have now donated the organ to the
Davenport Theatre Organ Trust, along with funding for refurbishment and
installation into a new home, the proposed Methodist Building in
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