Today brings to an end, the longest interval any of us can remember. The history of the Embassy Theatre is magnificent. Stars from across the world of entertainment have performed on our stage, with comedians, dancers, West End tours, live shows and of course, the annual pantomime punctuating our history over the last forty years.
Tonight, another milestone will be added to the Embassy’s archive when, after 14 months and 434 days, this venue opens once again, after the longest period of closure in the theatre’s history.
We closed our doors to the public in March 2020 and for well over a year, the venue has remained dark. The building has in that time, played a vital part in the lives of the community, welcoming Blood Donor sessions and hosting Covid testing in the Arts Room. We’ve always been proud to be a part of Skegness and it is right that in times of hardship, we have been able to ‘do our bit’.
At 7:00pm tonight, our wonderful venue will open to members of the public for the first time in months, as we welcome people to a screening of 42nd Street from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Quite a title to open with!
The Stage to Screen initiative allows our venue to reset, recover and also, welcome new audiences into the auditorium for the first time. Stage to Screen will see us diversify and offer new entertainment however, rest assured, the beating heart of the Embassy Theatre will remain untouched. Our magnificent 1000 seater auditorium will always be there – to entertain you with hundreds of magnificent productions every year.
Over the course of 2021, we will welcome six top comedians, the annual summer season spectacular from Janice Sutton and a packed calendar of screenings and live shows.
Our team are delighted to be back in the building, ensuring that once again, the very best Embassy Theatre experience can be delivered to our loyal customers.
Our customers – what can we say? Throughout the pandemic, you have been wonderful. You’ve kept in touch to ‘check in’ on us and also, kept your tickets or opted for account credit in order to see us through. We are extremely grateful and your faith in our venue is gratefully received. Thank you so much.
We must also thank our trusted partners and donors for their magnificent support. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Magna Vitae, Arts Council England, East Lincs Arts, East Lindsey District Council and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The future of our venue has been guaranteed.
The Embassy Experience returns tonight and whether it happens later today, tomorrow, next month or not for a year, the next standing ovation will not just be for the performers on stage – it will be for you.
From the Embassy Theatre team – we have only two words and they are quite simple.