A DATE has been set for Rhyl Pavilion to reopen its doors after a period of closure due to a burst water tank.

The theatre, which suffered significant damage back in July when many areas of the building were flooded, will officially reopen to the public on Saturday, November 27 when comedian Jason Manford brings his Like Me tour to Rhyl.

Building works are expected to continue right up until the weekend of November 27.

The theatre has been forced to undergo an ‘extensive drying out period’ and remedial works have been necessary.

Jamie Groves, managing director of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, said: “After what has been a tough year to say the least, we’re thrilled to be reopening the theatre for the Jason Manford performance and also bringing Panto back to the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre. It is fantastic to see performers back doing what they do best after such a challenging time, and we can’t wait to welcome schools and families back through the auditorium doors and to experience the Pavilion Theatre’s electric atmosphere again.

“Work is also progressing on a programme to reinstate our flagship restaurant 1891. Works to this area are quite extensive and whilst we have been working around the clock with insurance companies and specialist surveyors, it will unfortunately take a little more time to complete the restaurant refurbishment, but we have no doubt the new restaurant will be spectacular when finished and we can’t wait to showcase our plans within the next few weeks”

The work to reinstate the theatre will be completed in two phases with phase one fully refurbishing the ground floor areas, including all the ground floor bars, box office and mall, to ensure customers can access the auditorium for the up and coming shows and this year’s pantomime.

The second phase will reinstate the upper floors and refurbish 1891 restaurant after the extensive water damage.

This year’s Pantomime at Rhyl Pavilion Theatre is Cinderella. It will run from December 8 to 31 and will feature Dancing on Ice winner Hayley Tamaddon as the Fairy Godmother.

Hayley will star alongside musical theatre star Bethan Jacks (Cinderella), Welsh comic actor Gwynfryn West as her bumbling Father Baron Hardup, Josh Belward (Prince Charming) and Mark Paterson plays his right-hand man (Dandini).