Liverpool’s Royal Court has landed £2 million in Arts Council England funding for its ongoing refurbishment programme.
The money will go towards ‘Act III’ of the performing arts venue’s transformation, which will see a new 150-seat studio space added to the theatre’s basement.
The basement venue will host small comedy shows, music events and smaller theatre productions which could later be developed for the main stage.
It will also be used by the Royal Court’s Youth Theatre and Community Choir for rehearsals and performances.
Costing £2.9m, ‘Act III’ will also include further front of house improvements, such as remodelling work on the balcony seating and larger, more open bar areas on the third and fourth floors.
Gillian Miller, chief executive of the Royal Court, says: “This is great news for us and for our audience. We have drawn up detailed plans for Act III and, once it is completed, we know that the venue will be a much nicer place for both actors and audiences.
“Arts Council England have been very supportive and we hope that this will be the start of a long working relationship.”
The upcoming refurbishment work is the final part of a broader £11m renovation scheme which aims to transform the theatre.
The Royal Court will go dark between May and mid-August while ‘Act III’ is being carried out.