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For much of the ’80s, Paul Young rivalled Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall as the top blue-eyed soul/pop singer in the UK. In America, Young was known primarily for his lone chart-topper, ‘Everytime You Go Away’, but was able to sustain his commercial success at home for much of the decade. He was chiefly an interpretive singer, and although he did write some of his own material, his greatest strengths lay in covering R&B classics and rescuing forgotten chestnuts from obscurity.
Theatre Severn was officially opened on 25 March 2009 and is situated on Frankwell Quay, a stunning riverside location and one of the main gateways into the town.
Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire and is renowned for its culture and heritage. Shrewsbury has developed as a 'destination town' and draws people in from the West Midlands and mid Wales who come to enjoy the culture and leisure opportunities.
The need for a new theatre in Shrewsbury was first mooted around 45 years ago and the project came very close to being approved with various sites and building designs being put forward.
The turning point came with the success of the Music Hall over the last decade which proved that the audience had outgrown the venue and that the staff in place had the experience and expertise to deliver a new theatre for Shropshire. The re-opening of the Old Market Hall in January 2004 re-enforced this with the venue proving a resounding success.
On the 26th September 2005 Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council committed to build a New Entertainment Venue in Shrewsbury. Construction began in November 2006. The architects for the project are Austin Smith Lord and the Theatre has been built by Wilmot Dixon.
In November 2015, Theatre Severn sold its one millionth ticket since opening.
WHAT THEY SAID...
This is a wonderful theatre and you should be very proud of it. The backstage facilities are top class which really makes a difference to the team."
Wayne Sleep, Cabaret (2009)
"Shrewsbury was a great crowd and we enjoyed ourselves."
Reginald D Hunter (2010)
"Everybody is just enchantingly kind and lovely. And the Theatre's full, every night, which means the public here support their theatre. Thank you."
Jenny Seagrove, The Country Girl (2010)
"It's a beautiful theatre, acoustically wonderful, lovely warm audience"
Juliet Mills, Bedroom Farce (2010)
"Easily one of the top 5 theatres in the country"
Jason Manford (2010)
Russell Kane (2011)
"The Severn Theatre [sic] is just lovely. Well done, Shrewsbury and whoever designed it. Really excellent."
Chris Addison (2012)