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Hundreds march against Devon theatre closures

Campaigners say the closures are a huge blow to the communities. Photo: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

Hundreds of people marched through Barnstaple today to protest the closure of two Devon theatres.

The theatres unexpectedly shut last week, after the Trust which operates them went into administration.

Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

The North Devon Theatres' Trust declared on Monday that it had run into "financial difficulties", and could no longer operate, after a council buyout fell through.

The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple and The Landmark in Ilfracombe have since cancelled all their upcoming shows.

Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

It's been described as a "massive blow" to the local community with many performers left without a venue, and dozens of jobs at stake.

The council has been negotiating with the North Devon Theatres' Trust for them to buy out the theatres.

These negotiations ran into difficulties at the end of last year and a new deal was put on the table that the council could not accept.

The Trust was then going away to review its position and we have not been formally appraised of their position since that time.

– North Devon Council