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'Future bleak for theatre firms'

The chairman of a 120-year-old Derby opera company which is closing its doors has said he is now worried for the future of all amateur theatre.

Steve Dunning, from the DOC Musical Theatre Company, formerly Derby Opera Company, said financial losses and a lack of volunteers forced the decision to close.

He said despite winning awards their last production lost £14,000 and out of a total of 11 shows, seven made a loss.

The company will be holding a celebration dinner in autumn for former members to say goodbye.

  • 12 Mar 2012
  • From the section Derby