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A derelict theatre in Boscombe is soon to be redeveloped, ready to provide great nights out for those staying in Dorset cottages. Plans for the restoration of The Mary Shelley Theatre were unveiled at an event last Saturday, and the next step will see the theatre developers begin to organise a number of fundraising events for the redevelopment project.

The theatre was named after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, who had the theatre gifted to her after her son, Sir Percy Shelly, bought Boscombe Manor House and then converted it. The 1840s building currently lies in a derelict state, but at least 170 people have come forward and volunteered to help restore the building to its former glory.

Patrick Keats, director of the development plan, has said that the works will include installing central heating, electricity, toilets and building a restaurant to seat 120 people. Performances have continued at the theatre, but these new developments mean that great shows can be staged all year round.