Major revamp of York Theatre Royal to go ahead after £2.9 million lottery funding confirmed

York Press: How the Theatre Royal could look, following the revamp How the Theatre Royal could look, following the revamp

YORK Theatre Royal is to press ahead with a £4.1 million redevelopment after winning £2.9 million in lottery funding from Arts Council England.

The theatre will close for eight months next March so the auditorium can be re-configured and refurbished, foyer space can be increased and the whole building can be made more accessible.

Under the revamp, the colonnade in St Leonard’s Place is set to be enclosed and glazed to double the size of the entrance and cafe areas, and changes to the stage and stalls seating are set to make it easier to switch to theatre-in-the-round for certain productions.

Stalls seating will also be higher, allowing the existing raked stage to be replaced by a flat stage, and a lift will also be installed to improve access to the dress circle and upper foyer.

The Arts Council England award is the most significant investment in the theatre since the foyer was extended in 1967. It comes on top of half a million pounds from City of York Council and £100,000 from trusts and foundations, which leaves the theatre having to raise the remaining half a million pounds of the bill.

Chief Executive Liz Wilson and Artistic Director Damian Cruden said the lottery funding was 'fantastic news' for the theatre and the citizens of York.

"We are very grateful for this investment from Arts Council England, which shows a real commitment to the City and the future of our organisation," they said in a joint statement.

"A theatre has been operating on this site for 270 years and this award means we can continue that tradition. We look forward to sharing our plans over the coming months."

The theatre has also received confirmation of its continued status as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), meaning it will receive an annual grant from Arts Council England to support its work over the next three years.

Ms Wilson said: "We now have the opportunity to plan for what will be the most significant few years in the theatre's history. “

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5:13pm Tue 1 Jul 14

SteveGYork says...

Absolutely great news. Pity about the summer gap in 2015 - all good things coming to those who wait though?

Essential to support one of the few remaining traditional theatres in the country which supports and encourages new and other drama. (rather than the touring shows like the Opera House)
Absolutely great news. Pity about the summer gap in 2015 - all good things coming to those who wait though? Essential to support one of the few remaining traditional theatres in the country which supports and encourages new and other drama. (rather than the touring shows like the Opera House) SteveGYork
  • Score: 16

5:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bloodaxe says...

Excellent news.
Excellent news. bloodaxe
  • Score: 11

5:34pm Tue 1 Jul 14

rogue84 says...

great news, but does that now mean that anyone waiting for the bus in the rain will get a soaking?!
great news, but does that now mean that anyone waiting for the bus in the rain will get a soaking?! rogue84
  • Score: 9

6:37pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

rogue84 wrote:
great news, but does that now mean that anyone waiting for the bus in the rain will get a soaking?!
...and I usually park my bike in the Colonnade when nipping into the Box Office or the cafe!!
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: great news, but does that now mean that anyone waiting for the bus in the rain will get a soaking?![/p][/quote]...and I usually park my bike in the Colonnade when nipping into the Box Office or the cafe!! pedalling paul
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9:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

Don't worry about losing the bus shelter. By the end of next year Labour in York will have removed the bus stops too. Would the 5* hotel they gave planning permission to want to open in St Leonard's with untidy residents hanging around!
Don't worry about losing the bus shelter. By the end of next year Labour in York will have removed the bus stops too. Would the 5* hotel they gave planning permission to want to open in St Leonard's with untidy residents hanging around! Jack Ham
  • Score: 9

11:24pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Peppa07 says...

Great news. YTR is an outstanding facility that serves hundreds of young people through the Youth Theatre. It has also provided great theatre over many years. Hopefully this will enable it to continue a mixed programme with opportunities for young writers and experimental theatre as well as mainstream standards that get larger audiences. Well done to all involved.
Great news. YTR is an outstanding facility that serves hundreds of young people through the Youth Theatre. It has also provided great theatre over many years. Hopefully this will enable it to continue a mixed programme with opportunities for young writers and experimental theatre as well as mainstream standards that get larger audiences. Well done to all involved. Peppa07
  • Score: 9

9:40am Wed 2 Jul 14

The OX says...

pedalling paul wrote:
[Poor Pedalling Paul is it to far for you to walk from the bike racks 50yards down the road bless, so you block the walkways with your bike shame on you
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [Poor Pedalling Paul is it to far for you to walk from the bike racks 50yards down the road bless, so you block the walkways with your bike shame on you The OX
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6:42pm Wed 2 Jul 14

non pedalling pete says...

pedalling paul wrote:
rogue84 wrote:
great news, but does that now mean that anyone waiting for the bus in the rain will get a soaking?!
...and I usually park my bike in the Colonnade when nipping into the Box Office or the cafe!!
I might have to reconsider queuing overnight for panto tickets after next year.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: great news, but does that now mean that anyone waiting for the bus in the rain will get a soaking?![/p][/quote]...and I usually park my bike in the Colonnade when nipping into the Box Office or the cafe!![/p][/quote]I might have to reconsider queuing overnight for panto tickets after next year. non pedalling pete
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