Theatre goers will benefit from a new bar and improved foyer at the Royal Court following a £3 million refurbishment.
The second phase of an overall £10m redevelopment plan, ‘Act Two’ also includes improved access to all floors and a new office.
Trust and foundation donations and a £1 per ticket levy given by audiences members alongside a European Regional Development Fund grant matched by a loan from Liverpool City Council funded raised £2.8m for the work.
Shows at the theatre have continued as normal since MellWood Construction began working on the project in January 2015.
Gillian Miller, chief executive of the Royal Court, says: “This refurbishment has been great for us and for our audience.
“The new frontage provides a positive impression for both local people and visitors to the city and the new facilities inside will make every trip to the Royal Court a memorable one.”
The renovation scheme will be undertaken in three phases (or ‘Acts’) with funding ongoing for the next phase but the theatre is hopeful that Act 3 will get underway in 2017.
Paul Monaghan of Stirling Award winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris who designed the regeneration plans says: “It’s been an honour to be involved with the re-imagination of the Royal Court for the last seven years.
“It’s an important cultural building in Liverpool and I believe now it has world class facilities to match the great productions that are its hallmark.”
The new extended foyer area was officially opened by Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, who says: “During the last ten years the building has been transformed from a venue that was about to be lost forever into a thriving theatre producing quality, home-grown entertainment by Liverpool people, for Liverpool people.
“Now the building has a smart new foyer providing a warm welcome to visitors and tourists as well as to local people. This is a good news story for the city, for the visitor economy and for local people who love a good night out.”