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Theatre reprieve?

PUBLISHED: 16:39 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 25 August 2010

A THEATRE that was forced to close could be up and running again soon if councillors give the green light.

A THEATRE that was forced to close could be up and running again soon if councillors give the green light.

Sevenoaks District Council bosses will consider a plan next Tuesday to set up a charity that will run The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks.

The venue has two cinemas and a theatre relied on by numerous dramatic and operatic groups from Bexley, Dartford and Sevenoaks.

Previous lease holders of The Stag had to pull out earlier this year citing financial reasons.

Many shows have been cancelled but it is hoped The Stag could be open by January 2009.

Sevenoaks councillor for the arts, Elaine Bracken said: "The transfer of The Stag is one of the most significant decisions this council is likely to take and clearly one that we want to get right.

"When it opens is dependent on how quickly a short term lease can be negotiated.

"If we can get the building up and running by January 2009 Sevenoaks Players can put on their panto."

The district council's cabinet has recommended a 25-year lease to be taken on by Sevenoaks town council.

On October 30 a plan was rejected to have a multi agency 'gateway' facility run by Kent County Council at the site because it would mean sacrificing a cinema and was deemed too costly.

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