Theatre Royal's £4m revamp plan sent to planners

York Press: York Theatre Royal York Theatre Royal

THE vision for a £4 million revamp of York Theatre Royal - one of the biggest projects in its history - has been handed in to council planners.

The theatre is seeking about £2.8 million in Arts Council funding for a sweeping refurbishment including major changes to its auditorium and the colonnade on St Leonard's Place being enclosed and glazed to double the size of the entrance and cafe areas.

It has passed the first stage of the funding process, allowing detailed plans to be submitted to City of York Council.

A decision on an application for the full grant is expected in June, with the venue intended to close for several months next year so work can be done between pantomime seasons. Performances would be staged elsewhere during this time, with the aim of relaunching the theatre in December 2015.

The main stage would be replaced and the rake of the stalls altered, with new seats in the stalls, dress circle and gallery.

Two new entrances and a new cafe and reception area would be created, with the existing cafe and bar refurbished and digital displays installed, alongside a "rolling exhibition" of the theatre's history. Lift access to the dress circle and first-floor bar would be available for the first time, and access and energy-efficiency would be improved.

In the planning application, architects De Matos Ryan said: "York Theatre Royal is already highly creative and commercial, but the building they operate in is now holding them back.

"The project's role is to unlock even more of the theatre's potential, opening its doors to a wider community and encouraging a higher spend per person, so they can build the next phase of their future."

The firm said the new entrance would "create an attractive and animated face to the street which invites people in", while the auditorium scheme would provide a better connection between audiences and performers. It said the current stage meant theatre companies often came to York at the end of their tours because its "limitations" forced them to adapt their scenery.

"This project will attract more audiences and visitors to the theatre, increasing its trading income and improving ticket income," said the architects, adding it would also secure "an artistic and financial future" for York Citizens Theatre Trust.

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1:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

dribblur says...

What exactly is wrong with the existing Theater? Wasting public money on the upper classes is immoral when other people can't feed, house and keep themselves warm. The only thing I can see wrong with the present theater is that its got the suffix Royal.
What exactly is wrong with the existing Theater? Wasting public money on the upper classes is immoral when other people can't feed, house and keep themselves warm. The only thing I can see wrong with the present theater is that its got the suffix Royal. dribblur
  • Score: -23

2:06pm Sat 5 Apr 14

anistasia says...

In times of austerity possibly doing a face life for when the old council offices in st.Leonard's get turned into an hotel.
In times of austerity possibly doing a face life for when the old council offices in st.Leonard's get turned into an hotel. anistasia
  • Score: -5

4:41pm Sat 5 Apr 14

DEKKA says...

dribblur wrote:
What exactly is wrong with the existing Theater? Wasting public money on the upper classes is immoral when other people can't feed, house and keep themselves warm. The only thing I can see wrong with the present theater is that its got the suffix Royal.
Wasting public money on the upper classes??..are you implying only 'upper class' people go to the theatre??
[quote][p][bold]dribblur[/bold] wrote: What exactly is wrong with the existing Theater? Wasting public money on the upper classes is immoral when other people can't feed, house and keep themselves warm. The only thing I can see wrong with the present theater is that its got the suffix Royal.[/p][/quote]Wasting public money on the upper classes??..are you implying only 'upper class' people go to the theatre?? DEKKA
  • Score: 20

7:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

rodney'sdog says...

No....oooooooooooooo
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No....oooooooooooooo oooo! rodney'sdog
  • Score: -10

2:48am Sun 6 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

Although I do like the design of the Theatre from outside, the 1970's glass-fronted extension with its sweeping concrete hexagon 'pods' at roof level somhow manages to compliment the original structure of the building; some of the building is looking a bit tired now.... and how many years has it been since the red LED rolling information displays on the pillar above the doors stopped working??
Although I do like the design of the Theatre from outside, the 1970's glass-fronted extension with its sweeping concrete hexagon 'pods' at roof level somhow manages to compliment the original structure of the building; some of the building is looking a bit tired now.... and how many years has it been since the red LED rolling information displays on the pillar above the doors stopped working?? Magicman!
  • Score: 4

9:28am Sun 6 Apr 14

trailblazer says...

If City of York council planning department is involved nothing will be straight forward wonder how many hoops and fences will have to be jumped to get a good judgement decision.
If City of York council planning department is involved nothing will be straight forward wonder how many hoops and fences will have to be jumped to get a good judgement decision. trailblazer
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Sun 6 Apr 14

MouseHouse says...

I go to the theatre three or four times per year and am not upper class in any way whatsoever.

One of the problems with the current layout are the smokers who congregate outside the box office. The smoke lingers far more there than it would if smokers were not under cover, the result is everybody has to walk through the foul odours on the way in and way out.. I hope this work tackles that.

Inside it is cramped when there is anything approaching a full-house - increasing the seating area would tackle that.

The other problem is the name. Drop the word 'royal' please - rename to something that celebrates York, not the parasitic Windsor family.
I go to the theatre three or four times per year and am not upper class in any way whatsoever. One of the problems with the current layout are the smokers who congregate outside the box office. The smoke lingers far more there than it would if smokers were not under cover, the result is everybody has to walk through the foul odours on the way in and way out.. I hope this work tackles that. Inside it is cramped when there is anything approaching a full-house - increasing the seating area would tackle that. The other problem is the name. Drop the word 'royal' please - rename to something that celebrates York, not the parasitic Windsor family. MouseHouse
  • Score: 2

6:08pm Sun 6 Apr 14

bloodaxe says...

dribblur wrote:
What exactly is wrong with the existing Theater? Wasting public money on the upper classes is immoral when other people can't feed, house and keep themselves warm. The only thing I can see wrong with the present theater is that its got the suffix Royal.
Typical oik comment.
[quote][p][bold]dribblur[/bold] wrote: What exactly is wrong with the existing Theater? Wasting public money on the upper classes is immoral when other people can't feed, house and keep themselves warm. The only thing I can see wrong with the present theater is that its got the suffix Royal.[/p][/quote]Typical oik comment. bloodaxe
  • Score: 2

6:15pm Sun 6 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

MouseHouse wrote:
I go to the theatre three or four times per year and am not upper class in any way whatsoever.

One of the problems with the current layout are the smokers who congregate outside the box office. The smoke lingers far more there than it would if smokers were not under cover, the result is everybody has to walk through the foul odours on the way in and way out.. I hope this work tackles that.

Inside it is cramped when there is anything approaching a full-house - increasing the seating area would tackle that.

The other problem is the name. Drop the word 'royal' please - rename to something that celebrates York, not the parasitic Windsor family.
Dates from the time when only Theatres with a Royal Charter could perform Shakespere's play's from what I've been told. And the Bard himself still looks down in statue form , from the highest point at the front.

Meanwhile about glazing in the Colonnade......I can see lots of bus passengers getting wet now, to say nowt of somewhere to park my bike while I'm calling into the Box Office!!
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: I go to the theatre three or four times per year and am not upper class in any way whatsoever. One of the problems with the current layout are the smokers who congregate outside the box office. The smoke lingers far more there than it would if smokers were not under cover, the result is everybody has to walk through the foul odours on the way in and way out.. I hope this work tackles that. Inside it is cramped when there is anything approaching a full-house - increasing the seating area would tackle that. The other problem is the name. Drop the word 'royal' please - rename to something that celebrates York, not the parasitic Windsor family.[/p][/quote]Dates from the time when only Theatres with a Royal Charter could perform Shakespere's play's from what I've been told. And the Bard himself still looks down in statue form , from the highest point at the front. Meanwhile about glazing in the Colonnade......I can see lots of bus passengers getting wet now, to say nowt of somewhere to park my bike while I'm calling into the Box Office!! pedalling paul
  • Score: -1

9:37am Mon 7 Apr 14

anistasia says...

MouseHouse wrote:
I go to the theatre three or four times per year and am not upper class in any way whatsoever.

One of the problems with the current layout are the smokers who congregate outside the box office. The smoke lingers far more there than it would if smokers were not under cover, the result is everybody has to walk through the foul odours on the way in and way out.. I hope this work tackles that.

Inside it is cramped when there is anything approaching a full-house - increasing the seating area would tackle that.

The other problem is the name. Drop the word 'royal' please - rename to something that celebrates York, not the parasitic Windsor family.
Good point about the smoke and smokers being outside when the old council offices are changed into an hotel guest s won't want to see people outside smoking.will the new hotel affect any bus services no hotel wants bus stops right outside their building and the same goes for theatre royal.
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: I go to the theatre three or four times per year and am not upper class in any way whatsoever. One of the problems with the current layout are the smokers who congregate outside the box office. The smoke lingers far more there than it would if smokers were not under cover, the result is everybody has to walk through the foul odours on the way in and way out.. I hope this work tackles that. Inside it is cramped when there is anything approaching a full-house - increasing the seating area would tackle that. The other problem is the name. Drop the word 'royal' please - rename to something that celebrates York, not the parasitic Windsor family.[/p][/quote]Good point about the smoke and smokers being outside when the old council offices are changed into an hotel guest s won't want to see people outside smoking.will the new hotel affect any bus services no hotel wants bus stops right outside their building and the same goes for theatre royal. anistasia
  • Score: -1

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