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Theatre reopens after 4m upgrade
Webster Theatre auditorium
The auditorium has been revamped and refloored
An Angus theatre will open its doors on Saturday night after a 4m makeover.

The gala opening concert at the Webster will be performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

The theatre in Arbroath High Street emerged from the original Memorial Hall, built in 1867, and the last major refurbishments took place in the 1970s.

The main auditorium has been refitted and refloored and the stage now has automatic hydraulics which allows the extension to be raised more easily.

Work on the building started in May 2006. It was stripped back to a shell and rebuilt internally and a new exterior canopy was created.

The foyer has a new box office, bar and cloakroom.

There is also a state-of-the-art electronic sound and lighting system, a lift, dressing rooms, control room and offices.

A new space has been created to provide an area for conferences, lectures, small performances or rehearsals.

People such as Sir Harry Lauder, the Drifters and Charlie Landsborough have performed at the venue.

Theatre technician with lights
Technician Alan Wild adjusts the new lights

It was also the place where the Alexander Brothers made their professional debut.

Angus Provost, Ruth Leslie Melville, said: "This theatre, with its magnificent facilities, is second to none in Scotland and we in Angus look forward to seeing both local and national acts on stage here.

"I also hope that the many community organisations in Arbroath and Angus continue to use the Webster and make it the success it deserves to be.

"This investment by Angus Council, with the help of the Arbroath Common Good fund, is a significant contribution to the cultural life of Angus and indeed the economy.

"This is the largest cultural project we have funded in Angus, and I am sure that the public and artists who use the theatre will be highly impressed with its new look."

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