The National Theatre has bounced back to life after closing down for two years for rehabilitation works. The theatre which closed down in December 2004 is now set to thrill its numerous fans with the best art performances.
Thanks to a 3.5 million dollar grant from the Chinese Government, the 1,500 capacity theatre has been given a new image with the refurbishment of the floor and the supply of new fire proof stage curtains.
The entire auditorium seats have been changed and a new fire fighting system installed.
The unique feature about the theatre is the creation of a ramp and seats for persons with disabilities.
The project, which was undertaken by the Chinese Export and Import Plant Group (COMPLANT) with the support of local technicians, was completed last month.
Speaking at the Re-opening ceremony, Ms. Joyce Aryee, Chairperson of the Board of the National Theatre of Ghana, said the Board was poised to promote a vibrant theatre movement that would enhance socio-economic development.
“We are poised to promote and develop the art industry to meet international standards,” she said.
Mr. Zhang Keyun, the Chinese Ambassador, pledged his government’s continuous support towards the development of the industry.
He said the rehabilitation of the theatre would further enhance the promotion of cultural exchange between the two countries.
Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations, commended the Chinese government for the construction of the magnificent edifice to help promote the strength and wealth of the country’s culture.
He appealed to the authorities of the theatre to ensure that the facility was maintained to derive maximum benefits from it.
Source: The Spectator, 4 April 2007. Page 17.