Plymouth theatre reopens

The Theatre Royal in Plymouth reopened on Thursday after a £7m revamp.

Full report: the reopening of Plymouth's Theatre Royal

by Jacquie Bird

It has been closed for the past six months while its front has been literally ripped off and put back on again.

The Theatre Royal in Plymouth reopens its doors for the first time after its £7million revamp on Thursday night.

It is one of the most important regional theatres outside London - bringing in £26million to the local economy.

Now the 30 year old Theatre has a new look to take it into the future.

Grand opening for Theatre Royal in Plymouth

The finishing touches are being made ahead of the grand re-opening of Plymouth's Theatre Royal. The revamp has cost seven point five million pounds and has transformed the front of the theatre.

It opens tonight with a production in the Drum Theatre before the grand opening night of Warhorse in the main theatre tomorrow.

Theatre Royal, Plymouth Credit: ITV News West Country

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Theatre revamp nearing completion

Work is still going on at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth Credit: ITV News West Country

A £7.5 million project to revamp Plymouth's Theatre Royal is nearing completion.

The scheme has included improving public areas and adding a third auditorium. The exterior has also been re-landscaped.

Plymouth City Council and the Arts Council have given substantial grants towards the cost.

Sneak peak of Theatre Royal refurbishment

There are only 12 weeks now until the Theatre Royal in Plymouth reopens in style with the first performance outside London of the play Warhorse.

The Theatre's £7.5 million refurbishment will turn the building into a state of the art venue and revitalise that corner of the city.

But it's mostly gone on behind a cloak of secrecy. Our Plymouth reporter Jacquie Bird was given a little peak behind the curtain:

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£5m boost for regeneration project

The Arts Council has awarded the Plymouth Theatre Royal a £5million grant towards its re-development project, provided the theatre can raise an additional £2m.

The planned works, including a new box office, outdoor terrace and studio space, would begin in April and would take 6 months to complete.