A THEATRE company near Hull will be the only people NOT cheering the city’s football team in their FA Cup bid - because they are worried people won’t turn up to they show if they reach the final.
Beverley Musical Theatre group, based 10 miles from the city, has spent around £25,000 putting on its latest show, Fiddler on the Roof - famed for its hit song If I Were A Rich Man - at Hull New Theatre.
But the final night of the five-night run, on Saturday May 17, is the same day that Hull City could meet either Arsenal or Wigan in the FA Cup final at Wembley if they beat Sheffield United next Sunday.
Chairman Alison White said: “If Hull City get through to the final there could be 22,000 people leaving the city for the weekend and that’s going to be a huge blow to us.”
Despite the semi-final not having been played yet, tickets for the Saturday are already being offered at a discount.
If Hull City do make the final, Mrs White said she might be asking the club to help cushion the blow, possibly through sponsorship, or even a campaign featuring Hull City players and actors in a face-off asking the public whether
their allegiances lie with theatre or football.
“Keeping local amateur theatre alive is really hard work,” she said.
“We’ll pay out around £25,000 but I don’t think we’ll get it back. We try to choose shows that appeal.”
To book tickets call the Hull New Theatre Box office on 01482 300300 or visit www.hullcc.gov.uk