Monks bid to re-open historic theatre in Mirfield

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A community of monks is opening its doors to explain £600,000 plans to re-open a historic outdoor theatre.

The Quarry Theatre, at the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, has just been given planning permission by Kirklees Council.

The theatre, which dates back to the 19th century, was abandoned in 1976 but now the monastery wants to restore it and open it up to professional companies and amateur performers alike.

The aim is to put the monastery back at the heart of the local community and an open day is planned for Saturday, April 5.

In its heyday the theatre played host to thousands of people and there were political rallies with speeches from the likes of Labour Party founder Keir Hardy and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

It is hoped to stage 14 performances a year between May and September.

The overgrown theatre has now been cleared and work could start in September with an opening planned for next summer.

The open day event will be held at 10am in the New Refectory at the community site in Stocksbank Road.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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