UKIP leader calls for Waterside quality review

Waterside Theatre
Waterside Theatre

A political leader has called for a debate on the quality of the Waterside Theatre’s programme and the amount of time it spends in darkness.

Following our story last week which highlighted concerns over the £47m theatre, UKIP district leader Chris Adams received several emails from disgruntled residents.

He said: “We can bring it up at council.

“It looks like it needs a review. People like the music side of things and want to see more music related stuff.

“The thing that sticks out to me is that it is not being used as much as it should be and that is quite concerning because taxpayers’ money was pumped into it and we need a good return.

“When I go by the theatre many times it is in complete darkness.

“Why not open it up during these times to local community groups?”

Lib Dem district leader Steve Lambert added: “It was expensive but now we have it we must make it a success, it’s an anchor building for the centre of Aylesbury.

“They could have more shows, but the shows they do have are good. The ones I attend are sold out.

“It takes time to set a show up, there will be empty nights.

“If we had a show here for four years people would complain there was no variety.”

HOW THEY COMPARE - JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS AND DARK DAYS AT WATERSIDE, MILTON KEYNES, WYCOMBE SWAN AND OXFORD

Waterside: Strictly Confidential, Sofia National Ballet, Tony Stockwell medium, Roy Orbison tribute, Otway The Movie, Mickey’s Rockin’ Roadshow, Save the Last Dance For Me, Blofeld & Baxter, UK Pink Floyd Experience tribute, The Drifters, The Osmonds, The Bay City Rollers, Three Phantoms

Milton Keynes: CATS, Go Back for Murder, Rocky Horror Show, Birdsong, Sofia National Ballet, Rat Pack, Dreamcoats & Petticoats, Footloose, Carnaby Street, Ghost, Street Dance, Sally Morgan psychic

Wycombe Swan: Jason Manford, Noises Off, Grandpa in my Pocket, An Evening of Dirty Dancing, Gotta Sing Gotta Dance, Elkie Brooks, Beyond the Barricade, Upbeat Beatles, Kate Rusby, Georgie Fame

Oxford: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Save the Last Dance for Me, Grandpa in my Pocket, Rocky Horror Show, Blood Brothers, Caro Emerald, English Youth Ballet, Jason Manford, Roy Chubby Brown, ELO Experience, Motown’s Greatest Hits

Dark periods: Waterside 62 nights; Milton Keynes Theatre 30 nights; Wycombe Swan 63 nights; New Theatre, Oxford 50.