THE show must go on, as they say in the entertainment business, and that is definitely the case for one iconic Mid Wales performance venue in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Powys, like everywhere else around the globe, has been hit hard by Covid-19 but supporters of the Albert Hall Theatre in Llandrindod Wells are rallying round to “get the old girl restored” and in full working order for whenever the lights do go back up and performers can once again take the stage.

The famed Ithon Road theatre shut six months ago and even though, backstage, they have no idea when they’ll be reopening, they insist they’ll be ready when it does.

They’ve started a fundraising campaign to pay for a much-needed refurbishment of the toilets at the theatre and Jon Williams has been overwhelmed by the response of the local public.

“We’re trying to get the old girl restored,” said Jon, chairman of the hall management committee, who has been encouraged by the fact £1,210 of their £12,000 target has already been raised since the campaign got under way around a month ago.

“We want to use the time while we’re closed wisely and complete the much-needed refurbishment of our toilets.

“It’s been an encouraging start, definitely, the local community have been marvellous, as they always are, and we’ve been given names of other people and organisations, businesses who might be able to help out.

“It’s been great. Normally we’d put on a show or something to fundraise ourselves but obviously we haven’t been able to do that during the pandemic.

“We’re a volunteer-run charity, all our income disappeared in March and we’re trying to maintain this grand building, there’s nothing left in reserve which is why we’ve started this campaign.”

Even though he doesn’t think they’ll be re-opening this year he is adamant the curtain hasn’t permanently come down on the Albert Hall’s stage – and that they’ll be back in business for a pantomime booking they’ve taken for January 2021.

“We’ll scale back the project if we don’t reach the full target – maybe just spruce the toilets up or sort out one cubicle at a time,” he added.

“It is even harder to do it now during the pandemic but it’s also an ideal time to do something about it. The pantos and shows we put on are always well supported and we’ve had loads of volunteers offering to come and help work for free during Covid-19 too.

“We won’t be opening until next year but when we do we have a panto booking and we’ve had lots of interest for other bookings – people who had booked the venue this year have re-booked.

“It’s great to see that support, we’ve got a great community here in Llandrindod and the surrounding areas, so we’re lucky.

“Rest assured that as soon as we’re able to, the Albert Hall curtains will rise again.”

If you’d like to contribute to the project, visit the Albert Hall’s Virgin Money Giving page at http://thealberthall.co.uk/toilets.

You can also donate by dropping off cash or a cheque (addressed to The Albert Hall) at Coversure Insurance Services in Llandrindod, email thealberthall1896@gmail.com or contact a committee member.