Quake caution closes Maidment

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christian.

One of Auckland's busiest theatres is closed indefinitely because it has been deemed an earthquake risk. The Maidment Theatre, at the University of Auckland, closed the week before Christmas without fanfare.

A university spokeswoman said a routine review of buildings by a consultant engineer had found it required seismic strengthening.

She said the complex, which includes the Maidment Theatre and the smaller Musgrove Studio Theatre, was closed for the foreseeable future as a precautionary measure and staff had been moved to other buildings.

"The university regrets the disruptions this will cause but considers the safety of its staff and public paramount."

Auckland Theatre Company and the Auckland Arts Festival need to find new venues for productions booked into the Maidment.

ATC's general manager, Lester McGrath, is confident of being able to secure new venues for four of its shows and says disruption to play-goers will be minimal.

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