The Castle (Wellingborough) Limited, operators of The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough, entered into administration on Wednesday 13 April 2016, with Gary Pettit and Gavin Bates of PBC being appointed joint administrators.
The directors were compelled to act in the best interests of the company’s creditors following the recent announcement by Wellingborough Council that they had terminated the contract to operate The Castle Theatre. Legal advice is being sought on this matter and nothing further can be added at this time regarding the administration and its circumstances.
All performances and other community activities will, as far as possible, continue to go ahead and staff and performers will be paid by the administrator through ticket sales and merchandise revenue. Gary Pettit, joint administrator, commented “This is very sad news for the Wellingborough community and, whilst we are working hard to find a solution so that The Castle can remain a focus in Wellingborough, we would encourage you all to continue to support the theatre.”
The full level of debt is still being quantified, however it is known that the company inherited a £500,000 pension shortfall and this is their biggest outstanding liability. All known creditors will be notified of the administration and registration procedure within the next 5 working days and any creditors who have not received information from PBC Business Recovery & Insolvency, the appointed administrators, by Thursday 21st April should telephone 01604 212150.
There are 38 staff involved at The Castle Theatre and, although there are no immediate plans for redundancies, sadly this cannot be guaranteed.