The volunteers and staff at The Albany Theatre were devastated on Wednesday morning (31 January 2018) to discover that the theatre’s office had been broken into and laptops, phones and office equipment taken.
Operations Manager, Robert Wimperis was one of the first to arrive at the venue and discover the burglary:
“The thieves smashed their way in through two sets of doors. The door to the office has been severely damaged and all our laptops and phones had been taken. It’s really upsetting for the volunteers and staff who work so hard for The Albany Theatre Trust, which is a charity, and frustrating in terms of both time, money and commitment to get us up and running again.”
The Albany Theatre celebrates its fifth birthday today (February 1st) and has just announced its most ambitious programme to date.
Chairman and Chief Executive, David Meredith explains further, “We are shocked and upset by the burglary. We are a charity run by volunteers and a small core staff and this is a kick in the teeth for everyone who supports us. It’s not the best way to celebrate our anniversary but once again it’s brought the best out of everyone: our volunteers were straight on the case with emergency repairs and we now have to work really hard to replace all the lost items. However, we have been touched by the messages of support from the people and businesses of Coventry.”
The Albany team has reassured patrons that the break-in will not affect performances. Tonight’s season-opening performance by legendary folk band Fairport Convention will go ahead without a hitch.
Any queries can be directed to the box office at the theatre in person, online at www.albanytheatre.co.uk or telephone 02476 99 89 64 with updates available via social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.