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A NEW state-of-the-art National Theatre for Wales is to be built in Carmarthenshire.

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will move into the area by the autumn and the first production is expected to be ready by March next year.

The company will initially be based in a temporary home at the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli, from where it will identify a permanent base.

The National Assembly and Arts Council of Wales decided to set up a theatre in the Welsh heartlands and invited councils to submit bids. A team from Carmarthenshire made a series of presentations to the theatre board in Aberystwyth and impressed the panel.

There has been no such theatre company since the demise of the Cwmni Theatr Cymru in the 1980s. Its remit will be to tour the country with Welsh-language stage productions. Around 15 new jobs will be created and a further 15 could be available during productions.

"There has been a need for years for a theatre through the medium of Welsh," said the council's head of leisure and recreation, Colin James.

"We are delighted that its base will be here in the Welsh heartland of Carmarthenshire.

"It is very exciting news and will create jobs and economic prosperity as well as putting the name Carmarthenshire firmly on the national map and linking directly to our arts and leisure priorities."

Council leader Meryl Gravell said, "The fact that the area has been chosen as the new home for the Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru strengthens Carmarthenshire's position as an emerging strategic venue outside the capital city."
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Karen Price
Wednesday, May 21, 2003back



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