Theatr Ardudwy reopened after health and safety concerns

The theatre was forced to close its doors to the public in early October amid health and safety fears

 

Theatr Ardudwy, in Harlech, Gwynedd, north-west Wales, reopened its doors to the public on Friday, October 28, after being forced to close earlier in the month due to concerns over health and safety.

The managers of the site, WEA YMCA Community College Cymru, informed the theatre to close its doors on Wednesday, October 5, after concerns over the buildings’ deteriorating condition were considered a risk to members of staff and visitors. A board member of the theatre, Mr Ben Rosen, said that the decision to close the theatre had come as quite a shock.

Theatr Ardudwy in Harlech, Gwynedd reopened after health and safety fears

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The news of the closure in early October, spread doubt as to the safety of the actual building but in a statement from the theatre, this was deemed misleading and the structure of the building was in fact sound.

The only issues relating to the building were with the facade and further investigations are now underway.

As a precaution, health and safety measures have been put in place – the facade area has been cordoned off and the theatre is now only accessible via the main college entrance.

“Following an intense period of discussions with WEA Cymru, the theatre’s landlords, Theatr Ardudwy is happy to announce that the intended programme of films can restart on Friday, 28 October,” said a statement by the theatre.

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