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Heritage Lottery Fund gives £2.5m to National Theatre

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The National Theatre has received £2.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its £70 million NT Future project.

The venue’s plans include refurbishment of the Cottesloe auditorium, building a new education and participation space called the Clore Learning Centre and creating a new production centre. More than £60 million has been raised so far towards the project.

Other grant recipients announced by the HLF today include Kent’s Rochester Cathedral, historical city Royal Dunfermline in Fife, and Victorian mansion house Insole Court in Cardiff.

Jenny Abramsky, chair of the HLF, said: “The National Theatre is one of the South Bank’s most recognisable landmarks which we’re delighted to be supporting as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

“Along with much-needed redevelopment work, imaginative plans to engage visitors with all aspects of this world-class theatre and its archive collection are something we warmly welcome.”