The redevelopment of the Rosehill theatre in Whitehaven is a step closer thanks to a £1m grant from the Copeland community fund.
Along with the proposed investment of £2m from the Arts Council, £3m has now been raised against the total of £4.5 required for the plans.
The redevelopment will upgrade the theatres facilities, with more performance space, a renovated auditorium and contemporary exhibition and catering facilities. It will also provide a community hub and opportunities for new commercial enterprise.
The director of the theatre Richard Elder said:
Those involved in the theatre say the funds are badly needed. It was created in 1959, and it needs upgraded to meet modern standards.Rosehill has been described as an important heritage building rooted in the Copeland and Whitehaven communities, Its founder Sir Nicholas Sekers not only created Rosehill but was a significant employer at the local silk factory which enjoyed international acclaim.
The leader of Copeland Borough Council said:
Councillor Tim Knowles is the Chair fo the Copeland Community Fund, he siad:
Rosehill’s Team will now continue to work to raise the additional money required for the project, with a decision on a further large application due in the summer.
It is anticipated that work will begin on site in 2013 with the new Rosehill opening its doors from October 2014.