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Brighton Dome to undergo £5.8m development

Brighton Dome, in the Royal Pavillion Estate
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Brighton Dome is set to undergo a major refurbishment, after being granted £5.8 million of funding from Arts Council England.

Planned improvements include a new viewing gallery in the Corn Exchange venue, a ground floor bar/cafe in the Studio Theatre and a dedicated ‘creation space’ ­– as well as improvements to backstage facilities.

Andrew Comben, the chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said: “The improvements to our venue will not only enable us to build on our work with artists…but also ensure we are able to continue to provide an innovative and sustainable programme of events for all.”

The plans are the first phase in a long term plan to overhaul the Royal Pavilion estate where the Brighton Dome and its venues are located, and make it more sustainable.

ACE south-east director Hedley Swain said: “Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival make an important contribution to the artistic and cultural fabric of Brighton and we are pleased to be able to support its continued development through this capital investment.

“This project will enhance the experience that it is able to offer to audiences, whilst also supporting the organisation’s long term resilience – both of which are key to its continued success.”

Earlier this year the Heritage Lottery Fund rejected an application made by Brighton Dome and the Royal Pavillion for £15 million of funding.

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