Tameside Hippodrome will reopen as a theatre next year.
The Theatre, which is owned by the Tameside council, closed in 2008, campaigners have gained permission to take over the lease and the stage will be set for an opening night of August 19, 2016.
Keith Dalby-Oldham, 63, is the driving force behind resurrecting the 111-year-old Ashton theatre which was saved from the bulldozers when it was given Grade II-listed status in 2009.
His not-for-profit company – The Hippodrome Ltd – will pay a peppercorn rent and foot the bill for repairs, including the removal of asbestos, through a mixture of fundraising and grants.
Keith, from Marple Bridge, says although trends have changed he believes the time is right to reopen with old favourites such as comedian Ken Dodd already booked to appear.
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