Fife Cultural Trust: ‘We welcome Kings Theatre venture’

Kings Theatre Kirkclady - branding for proposed new venue based in old High Street cinema
Kings Theatre Kirkclady - branding for proposed new venue based in old High Street cinema

News of the Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy project came to light on Monday morning when the crowdfunding video was posted online, revealing the vision for the future of the historic entertainment venue.

Within hours it had been viewed thousands of times and social media was full of the plans.

Views from people on Facebook show disappointed that it will not re-open as a cinema, but manay showed their support for the theatre project online and really like the idea of a live entertainment venue.

Concern over an impact over the Adam Smith Theatre was also raised.

Those behind the project don’t see the two competing as their programmes will be different, with the Kings looking at larger theatre productions, organisations such as the RSNO, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, as well as bigger named bands.

And the team in charge of the Adam Smith Theatre said they are not concerned by the venture.

Heather Stuart (pictured) , chief executive of Fife Cultural Trust, said: “We welcome any venture that adds variety and choice for the residents of Kirkcaldy, something which would complement the high standard of cultural offering we are already providing in the town.

“Adam Smith Theatre is a much loved and well-established landmark in the local community, with a diverse selection of year-round programming including comedy, dance, drama, music, children’s theatre, a full-scale cinema and a well-loved panto.

‘‘The venue also supports and hosts local arts organisations, as well as classes and workshops, and has recently been awarded a four-star accreditation by VisitScotland, signifying an ‘excellent standard’ of facility, something of which we are immensely proud.”