The new TLT (Ted Ledaly) theatre and concert hall which opened in Drogheda last week is definitely a much needed venue in the area according to theatre director Ted Ledaly.
Mr Ledaly said, “When the old parochial hall which had a seating capacity for 400 was sold off to developers we were left with nothing. The new theatre has the capacity to accommodate 1200, has venue space, a mini theatre rehearsal rooms, coffee shop and a bar. There is nothing comparable to it for miles, the nearest comparable theatre would be in Dublin.”
The new TLT theatre is the brainchild of Ted Ledaly who has a music shop in Drogheda, “It’s always been my dream to open a theatre in Drogheda. When the parochial hall went I decided to go for it with the help of family and friends, and all those people who invested their money in the theatre and put their faith in me when many said it couldn’t be done.”
The theatre will be involved with up and coming musicians and host a band competition. Young music groups who play instruments will audition every Saturday and there will be 40,000 Euro worth of prizes to be won. Local music fans and those starting their musical training will no longer have to travel to access the very best in theatre and rehearsal rooms.
Mr Ledaly said, “I know a lot of people in the music and theatre business. Marty Wilde and the Wild Cats, Christy Moore, Pat Short and The High Kings are among those who are already booked for the coming weeks to appear at the new venue.”
The theatre was given a government grant of 150,000 Euro through the Louth Leader Partnership.