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Grand Opera House temporary closure puts 119 jobs at risk

The theatre is set to close in January 2020 for ten months while the building undergoes a multi-million pound restoration programme. Credit: UTV

More than a hundred Grand Opera House employees are expected to be made redundant, a spokesperson has confirmed.

The theatre is set to close in January 2020 for ten months while the building undergoes a multi-million pound restoration programme.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Grand Opera House Trust said that "119 roles are at risk of redundancy with a total of 108 employees potentially impacted."

The restoration project, which was first announced in early 2017, aims to be completed in time for the Grand Opera House's 125th anniversary in December 2020.

It is the first restoration programme since the Theatre was saved from demolition and restored in the mid-1970s Credit: UTV

The spokesperson said, “After detailed consideration of all possible options, the Grand Opera House Trust has concluded that there is a risk it will be unable to provide work for all employees during this period of temporary closure.

"Over the past three months the Trust has been consulting with impacted employees and their representatives about this."

They continued, “We fully appreciate this is an unsettling time for colleagues and have assured all staff of our commitment to ongoing and regular engagement throughout this process.

"We have just completed the collective consultation period which ran for 118 days and can confirm that following this first stage we have identified that 119 roles are at risk of redundancy with a total of 108 employees potentially impacted (some with dual roles)."

The Trust said that they intend to around 40 roles during the closure period for "operational reasons".