Options are being considered to boost takings at a Solihull arts venue, following concerns about financial pressures.

It was recently confirmed that a report on The Core's cafe is due to be presented this summer, while council officers have also been conducting a review of the theatre housed in the same building.

Pressures of £42,000 for the theatre and £46,000 for the cafe were included in a financial summary for the final three months of 2018.

Cllr Joe Tildesley, cabinet member for leisure, tourism and sport, presented an update earlier this year on the work being carried out.

The all-new Solihull Core Theatre cafe
The Core was refurbished a few years ago.

It was revealed that the authority was seeking advice from an "industry expert" on boosting income and discussions with the theatre user group had also taken place.

In recent weeks, The Core has released its latest brochure, confirming details of acts booked to appear in the second half of 2019.

 

Author and TV historian Lucy Worsley will be making an appearance on November 30, with a new touring show on the life of Queen Victoria.

A few weeks before (on October 8), there will also be a performance by stand-up comic Lee Ridley, better known as Lost Voice Guy, who won last year's Britain's Got Talent and with it the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show.

View from the back of the refubished Solihull Arts Complex theatre
A new brochure has revealed The Core will be hosting one of the country's top historians and the star of a Saturday night juggernaut in the coming months.

This year's pantomime has also been announced, with a production of Robin Hood to follow last year's performance of Sleeping Beauty - which was the first show of a new partnership between the theatre and Little Wolf Entertainment.

 

The revamped Christmas show was deemed a success, with more than 12,000 visitors, although the council is still pushing hard to improve overall ticket sales at the venue.

Several dozen theatre shows, tribute acts and comedy performances are scheduled up until the end of the year.

 

Although the venue confirmed a few weeks ago that a gig by the singer-songwriter  PJ Proby, slated for June, had been cancelled following controversial comments made by the performer during an interview with the national press.

All ticket holders were promised a full refund.