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Humphrey Stanbury was appointed Managing Director of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in 1970. He worked for 10 years in this position, during which time he made a significant number of changes to programming and the theatre building:
“The previous owners, to their great credit, wanted it to stay as a theatre. They’d had offers for it to be demolished and turned into a cinema but for lesser money they sold it to the council. The audiences had nearly gone. I went on a pre-visit and there were only 42 people in the auditorium. It was in a bad way. Backstage was antiquated, there was still Victorian equipment around. It was very dirty and shabby. There was a big job to do, but the spirit there was good.”
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