The Arts Council England has announced that West Yorkshire Playhouse has been successful in its Stage One application for a grant of £6.6m towards a major capital redevelopment. The decision includes the award of a development grant of £300,000 which will see the Playhouse substantially upgraded.
Artistic Director James Brining said: “We have an ambitious artistic vision for what the Playhouse can be for our audiences, artists and communities over the coming years. To have the opportunity to pursue this vision knowing that our building can match and indeed help realise those ambitions is a hugely exciting prospect. The Playhouse is undoubtedly beginning to show its age. We want to be able to welcome people from our region, our country and from across the world to a home of which we are proud. This project marks a step change for theatre in Leeds and feels especially appropriate as we move towards the 50th anniversary of the Playhouse’s inception in 1968.”
The funding will facilitate a renovation of the 25-year-old building, including a new entrance facing Leeds city centre whilst improving access to all the theatre spaces. There will also be an upgrade of technical equipment with the addition of a new studio theatre space.