Back in 2006 the newly refurbished Capitol had re-opened just three years earlier. In the summer of that year it had a range of performers, films and shows lined up and an early announcement of the Christmas pantomime. So what was on offer? Here are some highlights:

  • Cashing in on the continued popularity of Irish legs-only dancing was ‘The Magical Dance of Ireland’.
  • Singing some jazz was the still popular Stacey Kent
  • The Singing Kettle was performing Old MacDonald’s Farm for younger audiences
  • Barnstormers Comedy was presenting comedians for open minded adults in the studio
  • Afternoon showings of classic movies included Brigadoon, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Goodbye Mr Chips amongst others.

In addition to the shows there were a number of exhibitions in the upstairs gallery. Back then you were allowed through the cut-out window, now door, onto the balcony overlooking the glass entrance. This is now cordoned off for reasons that are unclear. The exhibitions were:

  • His Dark Materialism, new work by Mark Weighton
  • A body of work by Helen Bolger
  • Sussex artist Jane Gayler presented some flower studies
  • Neil Turner presenting acrylic paintings
  • Tony Masero fine art paintings and
  • Bill Foote presenting a show called Turning to Eleven.

So that was then and this is now: Capitol Theatre

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