We have now begun construction work on the second phase of works that will lead to the transformation of our front of house, studio theatre and other public spaces. We plan reopen in summer 2018 and we'll publish our reopening date as soon as we know. Our new building will:

• Greatly enhance our trading operation, with much improved catering facilities and event space hire

• Present our unique heritage and comprehensive theatre archives to wider audiences as part of a major Heritage Lottery Funded partnership

• Develop a new studio theatre, allowing for faster reconfiguration, accommodating more performances than ever before

• Celebrate and protect our Grade I listed Coopers' Hall (formerly our foyer, box office and dining areas) returning its internal configuration to Georgian origins, providing an extensive suite of public spaces used for a multitude of uses

• Remove all barriers - physical or otherwise - to theatre access, for everyone, whilst improving our streetside visibility and creating a familiar, welcoming space for all to enjoy

• Ensure our building exceeds modern standards of environmental sensitivity and sustainability

Help us achieve this by sponsoring a seat

The brand new Studio, currently under construction, is also available for seat sponsorship and provides an opportunity to support directly the development of new writing, performers and artists - many of whom will begin their careers in this intimate and nurturing space from 2018 onwards. To find out more about Sponsor a Seat click here.

Our Front of House Redevelopment

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2012 - Theatre Refurbishment

In 2012, we completed the redevelopment of our historic Georgian auditorium, rehearsal spaces and back offices. Hours after the builders had left, Philip Vile's photograph captured the first few moments of the theatre, blushing in its beautiful, freshly-spruced state.

Photograph Philip Vile

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