Opening date revealed for new Doncaster theatre Cast

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Doncaster’s brand new theatre Cast will open its doors to the public for the very first time on September 6 - the first day of this year’s St Leger Festival.

The £22 million venue will open in a blaze of glory to tie in with Doncaster’s annual racing spectacular and the finishing touches are currently being put to the building which replaces the Civic Theatre.

Organisers are promising a string of top acts, ranging from theatre and dance to comedy and music, with the full programme of events set to be unveiled in the next couple of weeks.

Graham Whitehead, Cast’s head of marketing and communications, said the programme would include input from local dance and drama groups with something to suit all the family on offer across the main auditorium as well as a string of smaller studio spaces.

He said: “We can guarantee there will be plenty for everyone. The new venue will allow us to put on bigger and better performances from all sorts of acts. It will also allow local groups to stage shows on a different level and scale that they have not been able to do before.”

The new venue includes a two-tier main auditorium, bars and cafes as well as education and meeting rooms. There will also be boxes, more seats than the Civic and increased technical equipment, lighting and sound systems and a fully equipped stage gallery.

Comedian Russell Kane has already announced a date at the venue in November.