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Fire-damaged theatre HQ reopens
Theatr Powys (picture: Powys Council)
It has cost nearly 1m to repair the Theatr Powys building
A touring theatre company's headquarters is being officially reopened, six years after it was seriously damaged by fire.

Theatr Powys' home in Llandrindod Wells has been refurbished, and a new rehearsal studio has been built too.

Young musicians will play a specially-commissioned piece of music at Friday's opening ceremony, while a sculpture will also be unveiled.

The Arts Council for Wales and Powys Council paid for the 972,000 repairs.

The company was forced to relocate to a nearby industrial unit following the blaze in September 2000.

General manager Nikki Leopold said the company, which works with young people, was pleased with the new building.

We're absolutely delighted to be back
Nikki Leopold

"We're absolutely delighted to be back in our base," said Ms Leopold.

"We're looking forward to being involved in the local community. The headquarters is not a theatre venue, but it's been refurbished to include a new rehearsal room."

Ms Leopold said a specially-commissioned piece of music had been written for the opening by local musician John Hymas.

An abstract sculpture had been crafted too, by artist Andy Hazel from Knighton.

Theatr Powys after the fire
The theatre's headquarters was damaged in 2000

"John's music will be played by musicians from Mid Powys Youth Theatre at the opening, while excerpts from Nicholas Nickleby will also be performed," added Ms Leopold.

The building will be reopened by the Arts Council for Wales chief executive Peter Tyndall and Powys Council's board member responsible for the arts, Gareth Morgan.

Mr Tyndall said: "This new base will act as a focal point for theatre for young people in Llandrindod Wells and across the whole of Powys."

A grant of 647,000 from the arts council helped pay for the renovation work.

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