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