Council permit funding for Plymouth Theatre Royal redevelopment project

Plans for a £7million redevelopment of Plymouth Theatre Royal have been given the go ahead. Plymouth City Council approved a £2million three-year funding guarantee. The Theatre Royal has applied for a £5million grant from Arts Council England (ACE) to help fund the changes. The theatre itself will also have to raise £2million for the project to get underway.

Plymouth Theatre Royal is ranked by ACE, after the RSC and the National Theatre, as having the third highest economic impact out of the 541 theatres in the UK. The theatre is considered to be the largest and best-attended regional theatre in the country.

The redevelopment project will provide the Theatre Royal with a new box office, shop and café, as well as improving energy efficiency by 40% by re-cladding the theatre’s front. The upgrade will also add a new studio space for the theatre’s outreach programme, working with young people and the local community.

Chief executive Adrian Vinken said: ‘Our aim is to modernise and make major improvements to the Theatre Royal to ensure it remains Plymouth’s cultural centre of excellence for the next 50 years. Our ability to realise this vision will depend on whether we are able to raise the necessary scale of funding.’

For more information, visit www.theatreroyal.com.