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Theatre applies for late licence

Artist's impression of Theatre Severn
The new theatre wants to stay open until the early hours

A 30m theatre being built in Shrewsbury may have to close its doors early because of concerns about noise.

The Theatre Severn, in Frankwell, is due to open in early 2009 but a council officer has urged that its plans to stay open until 0100 BST be rejected.

The environmental health manager said the alcohol licence should be until 2300 BST and entertainment should not be allowed in the bar or terrace areas.

The licence application will be discussed by councillors on 23 October.

The theatre has requested to be allowed to serve alcohol between 0800 BST and 0100 BST seven days a week and from 0800 GMT until 0300 GMT on New Year's Eve.

As well as plays, it plans to stage films, live music and dance shows.

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