The Palace Theatre in High Street, Swansea, opened as the Pavilion Theatre of Varieties in 1888. Stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Lilly Langtry and Marie Lloyd all appeared on its stage and Sir Anthony Hopkins made his first professional stage appearance here in 1960. Since then it's been a cinema, bingo club and nightclub.
And now this Grade II listed building is derelict. Can't you just imagine what could be done to bring it back to its former glory? All we need is a millionaire or two.
My trouble is I really want to inhabit the world of the Bunty and Judy comics I read as a girl where spiffing groups of girls - including the snobby but ultimately good-hearted one as well as the impoverished but hard-working one - banded together to rescue and bring new life to old theatres. (Or save dance schools, injured horses, falsely disgraced favourite teachers etc.) It turns out the snobby one has an uncle who always wanted to be an actor but instead was forced into the family business and is now a rich but unhappy man who is not only delighted to pour his money into their project to revive the theatre but also along the way meets and falls in love with the widowed mother of impoverished girl, and they all live happily ever after.