London's Royal Festival Hall Will Lay Off 181 During Renovations

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Royal Festival Hall will lay off 181 employees in July 2005 when it closes for renovations, the London venue announced.

Those affected by the cuts represent nearly a third of the hall's workforce. Officials say staffing will rise when the hall reopens in January 2007, according to the London Guardian, though it is unclear whether all of the workers will be rehired.

The Ô£71 million renovations to the hall, built in 1951 on the South Bank of the Thames, have already begun, but the majority of work will start next year. During the closure, the hall's two resident orchestras‹the Philharmonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra‹will perform at the smaller Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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