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Almeida, Curve and Royal and Derngate among theatres to share £11m building upgrade funds

Almeida Theatre. Photo: Robin Fisher Almeida Theatre. Photo: Robin Fisher
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Theatres including the Almeida, Curve and Royal and Derngate are to upgrade their buildings and equipment after receiving shares of an £11 million funding pot.

More than 40% of Arts Council England’s small capital programme was distributed in support of theatre improvements, which include upgrades to heating, lighting and sound systems, audience comfort and restructuring buildings.

London’s Almeida has been awarded £340,000 to improve its seating in addition to advances in its lighting, sound and video technology.

Nearly £500,000 was issued to Curve in Leicester to refresh its cafe and restaurant area, while the Royal and Derngate will use £100,000 to set up a second cinema screen for theatre broadcasts such as NT Live and those by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Derby Theatre will spend a £490,000 grant on upgrading its heating system, and the Unity Theatre in Liverpool received a £480,000 contribution towards its major refurbishment project.

In Southampton, Nuffield was awarded a £150,000 grant to install a flexible seating system in its new city centre theatre space.

Other theatre companies receiving grants of up to £500,000 to improve their facilities include Northern Broadsides, Theatre by the Lake, New Wolsey Theatre and Wildworks.

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