“The development of the new restaurant and cafe is of vital importance to Theatre by the Lake.
“A great deal has been achieved over the years but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.
"This proposed development has the potential to create a more secure future for this very important regional theatre.
“We are delighted that the Arts Council has backed the plan to the tune of £400,000 and the fact that they have done so speaks volumes.
"If everything goes according to plan, the new building would open in the summer of 2014.”
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