Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre to reopen in new home
Newcastle upon Tyne’s Alphabetti Theatre has found a new home after closing its doors in March this year.
Construction for a new 100-seat venue in St James’ Boulevard, in the heart of the city, has begun, with the theatre planning to reopen on September 1 this year.
The charity has secured a 10-year lease on the new venue, which once completed will also contain a bar, coffee shop and second-hand book shop.
Alphabetti was forced out of its previous space in New Bridge Street after the building was demolished.
Theatre, music, comedy, dance and poetry will all be hosted at the new venue, which will also be home to a number of fully equipped offices that will be available to rent, as well as a large rehearsal space available for hire.
The new building work was estimated to cost £70,000, but Alphabetti has said it will be constructed at a cost of £20,000 due to help from Newcastle College’s construction course.
Alphabetti has received a grant from Arts Council England for £14,950 and has estimated it will raise a further £5,000 from three fundraising events on July 1 and August 4 and 5.
Artistic and executive director at Alphabetti Theatre, Ali Pritchard, said: “This is an unbelievably exciting time for us.
“When I started the company in 2012, in a room above a pub, I never even dreamt that five years later I’d be building and opening a 100-seater venue.
“It’s terrifying yet electrifying. The security and stability we will have will mean a huge increase in opportunities for both artists and audiences.”
More information on Alphabetti’s fundraising events can be found here.
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