Monday, January 30, 2023

Russell Brand calls on Thurrock Council to save the Thameside Theatre

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THE comedian and actor Russell Brand has lent his support to save the local theatre he once performed at as a child reports the BBC.

Brand told an audience at the Thameside Theatre in Grays, that Thurrock Council had “lost its path”.

Thurrock Council is looking at the building’s future as it deals with a £469m budget back hole.

The Conservative-run council said: “No decision on the future of the Thameside Complex has yet been made.”

During a day-long event on Monday at the Thameside complex, owned by the council and home to a theatre, museum and library, Brand said saving the theatre would be “an opportunity to change the perception of Thurrock Council at a vital time”.

The council’s debt is largely due to it borrowing hundreds of millions to invest in companies financing solar energy.

It has asked the government for help and spending cuts are expected as well as selling off its assets.

“Thurrock Council is currently assessing business cases from bidders which have expressed an interest in the property,” a spokesman said.

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