The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 2 June 2009


2009 pantomime to go ahead at the Citadel as
search for new Gaiety Theatre owner continues

SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL has embarked on the next stage of securing the future of the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr and making sure that there is a pantomime production in 2009, albeit at the Citadel.

Following a Community Engagement Event, the Council Steering Group prepared tender documentation in relation to seeking a suitable bidder to take ownership of the Gaiety Theatre. The successful bidder, from the commercial or the not-for-profit sector, will initially work with the Council with the intention of refurbishing and relaunching the venue.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Carrier for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure said: “The Gaiety has an outstanding history and reputation as the premier theatre in south-west Scotland. Officers have been working with members of the community, and others who wish to support the theatre, and they will continue to do so.

“Once a suitable bidder has been selected, we will all work together to secure the future of the Gaiety and re-establish it as the region’s premier theatre. The 584-seat theatre is an asset to the town and will form a vital part of the Ayr Renaissance regeneration initiative.

“Attending a pantomime is an annual event that is enjoyed by many people. I am delighted to be able to announce that Council officers have also put in place a tendering exercise to find a company to produce a pantomime this year that will be performed in the Citadel. Pantomimes are an important community event, so I am really pleased that the pantomime will take place in the Citadel from Thursday 3 December 2009 to Saturday 26 December 2009.”

[Pictured: The cast of the 2008 pantomime "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.]

Expressions of interest in taking ownership of the Gaiety Theatre must be received by 12 noon on Friday 12 June 2009 and should be e-mailed to Roddy MacDonald, Head of Community Development at for an information pack and application guidance.

Submissions to tender to produce the pantomime must be received by 12 noon on Tuesday 7 July 2009. Anyone who is interested in producing the pantomime is advised to visit the venue in advance of submitting a tender, as there will be a requirement to give detailed consideration of how the sports hall will be converted to a theatre for the period of the pantomime production. Tender documentation is available to download at, however a hard copy is available on request. Further information can be obtained from Paul Wilson, Principal Officer Leisure and Cultural Services on 01292 612215.



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