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Civic leaders help celebrate tenth anniversary of the Lichfield Garrick

Civic leaders from across the region have visited the Lichfield Garrick to celebrate the venue’s tenth birthday.

Lichfield District Council’s chairman, Cllr David Leytham, saw 40 guests enjoy a night of West End and Broadway music at the city centre venue.

Angela Rippon played host for the celebratory concert, which featured vocalists Claire Moore and Alasdair Harvey.

The Lichfield Garrick

The Lichfield Garrick

“The Lichfield Garrick has been at the heart of the district’s cultural and arts scene for the last decade,” said Cllr Leytham. I was therefore delighted and proud that so many dignitaries, councillors and friends joined me as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations.

“They were more than happy to pay for their tickets and agreed it was a brilliant evening at the theatre.”

The theatre’s chief executive, Adrian Jackson – who conducted the orchestra at the gala concert – has recently defended the Garrick after critics questioned the funding it receives from Lichfield District Council.

The local authority’s Labour opposition group leader, Cllr Steve Norman, described the theatre as a “vanity project”.

But Mr Jackson insisted the venue was crucial to the success of Lichfield city centre.

“The Garrick also brings in thousands of people from across the region for shows, conferences and events, and showcases not only what the theatre has to offer, but also the city and encourages revisits,” he said. “Every year it is estimated that the combined visitors and performers appearing at the Garrick have an economic impact of over £7million in the city, which is critical to local shops and businesses.

“Many thousands of performers and visitors stay overnight within the city centre in our hotels and guest houses and spend in our restaurants, bars and shops whilst they are here.

“With regards to funding, we are working closely with our new board to identify other sources and are committed to helping to reduce our reliance on the council significantly.”

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  1. Cynic

    2nd July, 2013 at 11:00 am

    “the Garrick have an economic impact of over £7million in the city,”

    Jackson – forgive me if I do not take your word for this “£7M” can we have some proof?

  2. Cynic

    2nd July, 2013 at 11:05 am

    “They were more than happy to pay for their tickets ” That should be taken for granted!

    How much profit did the night make? Did any of them claim travel or other expenses?

  3. Foxy

    3rd July, 2013 at 1:32 am

    That £7 million pound estimate again?
    Almost £20,000 per day?

    The timing of this tenth anniversary is fantastic.
    Vulnerable people facing harsh cuts whilst councillors swan around the Garrick bar with Angela Rippon, celebrating 10 years of the council squandering well over £20million of social housing sales on bugger all.

    Shall we block pave the town centre *again*?

    These celebrations have show That The Lichfield Garrick Theatre’s good for something.
    The Muppet Show.