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Southampton Mayflower bids for ‘essential’ £3.9m refurb

Auditorium of Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre Auditorium of Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre
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Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre has launched a campaign to raise £3.9 million for the refurbishment of its auditorium.

To mark its 90th anniversary in 2018, the venue aims to start work on improving its grade II-listed space.

The theatre has already secured £2.54 million towards the cost of the project from surpluses over the past few years, and is appealing to the public to raise the remaining £1.35 million.

If the funds are raised, new seating will be installed in the stalls and circle, the orchestra pit will be moved and the auditorium will be repainted.

Chief executive Michael Ockwell said: “This work is essential not just to preserve the building, but to benefit the more than 500,000 people each year who enjoy visiting our theatre. It will provide higher levels of comfort, better access and more opportunities to experience live performance in Southampton.”

The Mayflower has not undergone a major refurbishment since it was saved from threat of closure by Southampton City Council in 1986.

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