Leighton Buzzard Theatre launches online ticket bookings today (Wednesday) – one of many improvements coming to the Central Beds Council-run venue this year.
Alongside the online facility, which will allow people to book tickets 24 hours a day, the council will refurbish the bar, box office and theatre spaces as part of a £50,000 investment to improve facilities for visitors.
Further plans will see another £35,000 invested for a new lighting rig to improve the quality of shows.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “The library theatre is very much at the heart of the community in Leighton Buzzard and over the past couple of years we have invested heavily in improvements to provide the best possible experience for customers.
“The introduction of online bookings will continue to make it easier for customers to access the very best shows and entertainment, right on their doorstep.”
In order to support increased costs incurred by the theatre due to ongoing improvements, a booking fee of £1 has been introduced on all ticket sales from today (Wednesday).
Cllr Spurr added: “It is important to us that we keep prices as low as possible to make the theatre accessible and enjoyable for all. The addition of a small booking fee means we can reinvest money into the theatre and its improvements.”
To celebrate the launch of the new system, there will be a 20 per cent discount on the booking fee for any tickets bought online until the end of December.
Anyone wishing to buy tickets in person at the box office will still be able to between 9.30am and 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday – and 45 minutes before all performances.
For more information about Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre and to see what’s on, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/leisure
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