Campaign news and related items

Super Sounds of the Sixties
Oh What a Night! 
Les Dennis becomes patron
Alan Bennett supports Hyde Theatre Royal   
Gee Cross Fair 2014
New Ideas - Old Buildings: The Enterprise Heritage Fund
Motown Magic with Strictly 4 Kicks
Arthur Wilde
A Cappella Success

TRO attend Hyde Heritage Weekend

TRO attend Gee Cross Fete
Hyde District Assembly update on present situation

Multi-use way forward explored
Another Fine Success!
New home found for the Compton Organ
Repairs inside the theatre
Onward writing competition

Hand Built model of the Theatre Royal presented to TRO


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.


 

Oh What A Night

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.





Les Dennis becomes patron

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".

Manchester Evening News article

Tameside Advertiser article


Alan Bennett supports Hyde Theatre Royal!

TRO 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
Another successful day at Gee Cross Fair on Sunday 15th June. TRO members spoke to many people supporting the efforts to reopen Hyde Theatre Royal. On show was the model made for us by mossley model maker Alan Tolfrey and the cigarette case presented to J. Hill in by stage hands at the theatre in 1926, gifted to Theatre Royal Onward by David Bourne. Both attracted great interest and the programmes of yester-year were very popular.

New Ideas - Old Buildings
Enterprise Heritage Fund - Communities and Private Developers working together to unlock economic potential
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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.

                     


Arthur Wilde

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.

I have just been viewing your website and came across the lovely message you put on about Arthur's death. Arthur was my father-in-law and I showed your message to my wife Debbie, Arthur's daughter, and she much appreciated your kind words. On behalf of Arthur's family I would like to thank you for kind thoughts and remembering Arthur - Dave Sarginson.


A Cappella Success!

What a great night!! Thank you to the Monday Mondays for a wonderful evening of entertainment, they certainly were a joy to listen to and a very friendly bunch too!! Go see them if you get the chance - highly recommended! Thank you also to all that helped and supported this fundraiser event.

               

Hyde Heritage Weekend

Theatre 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 successful day.


TRO attend Gee Cross Fete

TRO had a great day at Gee Cross Fete on Sunday 16th June - lots of support for the theatre, more promotional opportunities and a radio interview. Listen here
   
              


Hyde District Assembly update

Theatre 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.


Multi-use way forward explored

On 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.


Another Fine Success!

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...

              


New home found for the Compton Organ

Theatre Royal Onward are really pleased to hear that a home has been found for the Compton Organ which was rescued by the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust when the Davenport Theatre Stockport closed in 1999. Since then the organ has spent many years in storage waiting for a suitable home.

It 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 Bollington, Cheshire.


Repairs inside the theatre

From July 2011 the owners carried out work that was given Listed Building Consent from Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. The work was to remove asbestos, dismantle Cinema 2 (sited at the rear on the theatre stage), remove dry rot and make good the floor. None of this should reduce the value of the building nor leave it unable to function again as a theatre/cinema.


Onward Writing Competition

Entries for the annual Onward Writing Competition are received from all over the world, read by a judging panel, before the final decision from the main Judges. Promotional events, such as poetry readings (not just in Hyde) are held to promote Theatre Royal Onward, and sell the anthologies to help funds grow. Full details are available on the dedicated 'Onward Writing' website.



Hand built model presented to TRO

A hand built model of the Theatre Royal made by Alan Tolfrey of Mossley Model Maker.com was kindly presented to TRO by the builder himself and we thank his generosity. The model will be used to promote the campaign to save and re-open the real thing!!!

 

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