Hull New Theatre facelift green light despite funding blow

Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Hull New Theatre will still be renovated despite its unsuccessful £5 million Arts Council funding bid.

The £11.7 million plans to renovate the theatre, situated on Kingston Square, include improved backstage areas and structural work along with a new fly tower. The theatre is expected to reopen at Easter next year.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for UK city and culture and visitor destination, said: “As part of our wider programme of investments in the city’s cultural infrastructure, the renovation of Hull New Theatre is critical to ensuring that Hull secures a lasting legacy from its year as UK City of Culture 2017.

“Whilst the news from the Arts Council is disappointing, the council remains committed to the refurbishment of the theatre. The venue is very important to the city and is absolutely critical to our plans for 2017 and beyond.

“With any project of this scale and ambition, there will be setbacks from time to time, however we are actively exploring other potential funding options.”

During the closure, where possible, a number of shows will be staged at Hull City Hall.

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Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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