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Citizens Theatre renovation receives £5m funding boost

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Citizens Theatre
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Redevelopment plans for Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre have taken a major step forward after it was announced the theatre will receive £4.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Glasgow City Council has also added £800,000 to the project, which will cost £16.5 million overall.

The Citizens, which opened in 1878, will see its Victorian auditorium renovated and the foyer remodelled to include a cafe and bar. A new building, adjacent to the original theatre, will house workshop spaces, rehearsal rooms, offices and a studio theatre.

Artistic director Dominic Hill said: “The main scope of the plan is to reveal the original Victorian building, which is currently behind lots of additional building in very bad condition. We want to create a really hospitable space, a focal point for the whole community.”

The project is not likely to begin for another two years, and will take at least another two to complete, partly down to the fact the theatre will remain open throughout.

Colin McLean, head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “The Citizens Theatre is held in great affection in Glasgow and far beyond, although I don’t think anyone would disagree that it has seen better days. We are delighted to give our initial support to a project that will bring those better days back.”

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