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Theatre warns staff jobs may go
Management at a Belfast theatre have warned staff of possible redundancies as part of an efficiency drive.

The 30 staff at the Lyric Theatre have been told to prepare for restructuring to save money on administration.

The chairman of the theatre, David Johnston, said talks with the trade unions would precede any redundancy notices.

He said he wants to see a shift of funding from administration to production of plays.

Mr Johnston, said it was the board's responsibility to ensure the long-term future of the Lyric.

"This means that we must examine the efficiency of the workings and structure of the organisation, but we will endeavour to minimise any potential redundancies as a result," he said.

"The Lyric will continue, as it has always done, to make its invaluable contribution to the arts and culture as the only professional producing theatre in Northern Ireland."

Staff are said to be shocked by the warnings, at a time when the theatre is bidding to get a new building on its site on the banks of the River Lagan in south Belfast.

The theatre has said it is not getting enough funding to run its business and has warned that it will have to close down if it does not get millions from the government to build new premises.

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