Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall (TRCH) are submitting a Stage 2 bid to Arts Council England (ACE) to secure a further £1.491m for its Royal Transformation Project.
The successful Stage 1 application has already secured £117,000 of funding for the project.
The project will increase the use of the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall by improving its facilities, enabling it to continue to attract world-class events to the venue.
The project’s main objectives are to:
• Dramatically improve the building façade and streetscape on Foreman Street by creating a striking new two-story canopy providing a new entrance to the Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall.
• Restore and make a feature of the roof terraces.
• Improve and remodel the Box Office and Royal Concert Hall entrance foyer.
• Modernise the meeting and function rooms to improve income generation and extend the range of groups who can use them.
• Increase daytime usage of the venue reaching wider audiences and expanding its community and education programme.
• Refurbish all the Royal Concert Hall bars and catering areas.
• Enlarge and improve the current café bar into a modern, attractive, all-day space.
If the funding bid is successful, work will commence on site at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall in summer 2016.
Councillor David Trimble said: “This year the Theatre Royal celebrates its 150th anniversary and it has a long and proud history of bringing culture and entertainment to the city of Nottingham.
“I am hopeful that we will secure Arts Council England funding to enable us to invest in the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, providing us with transformed facilities for people in Nottingham to enjoy for another 150 years.”
Jonathan Saville, director of sales, marketing and development for the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, said: “These are exciting times.
“If we are successful with our bid, as we hope we will be, this ambitious transformation project will give us the financial stability needed to expand the work we do and to safeguard these two very special venues for future generations to enjoy.”