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Edinburgh Live
Dayna McAlpine

King’s Theatre Edinburgh staff return to empty venue to celebrate 114th anniversary

Staff at The King's Theatre in Edinburgh have returned to the empty venue today to celebrate the anniversary of its opening.

The King’s Theatre opened for the first time on 8 December 1906 with a performance of Cinderella, and today members of the staff gathered at a distance to celebrate its 114th Anniversary in the empty auditorium.

On this day annually the theatre would be packed with families enjoying the pantomime and the staff preparing to lift the curtain once the final technical and wardrobe adjustments had been made.

Today each member of staff, some who have worked every Christmas pantomime season for the last 25 years, gathered to express their hope for a better year for the business in 2021.

A Crowdfunder saw a huge outpouring of support for Capital Theatres’ Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre - they say that "there is still a long way to go to ensure that the King’s is saved for the long-term but the team will put everything into ensuring the lights remain on for years to come."

Jimmy Beacham, the Head of Ticketing and Revenue who has worked at Capital Theatres for 25 years including 25 panto seasons said: "This time of the year, there is such a buzz at box office and I just love seeing the families coming in and a lot of the children and adults are so excited. I’ve been doing it such a long time, I really desperately miss it."

You can visit and donate to the theatre's Crowdfunder here.

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