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West Yorkshire Playhouse to create studio theatre in £14m revamp

Current Bramall Rock Void space in West Yorkshire Playhouse before redevelopment. Photo: Anthony Robling Current Bramall Rock Void space in West Yorkshire Playhouse before redevelopment. Photo: Anthony Robling
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West Yorkshire Playhouse has unveiled plans to create a new 100-seat studio space in the theatre.

This will be part of a £14 million redevelopment, which will modernise the building, improve access and build a new city centre-facing entrance.

Built into a rock void that sits beneath the theatre’s box office, the studio space, which will have approximately 100 seats, will be used for the development of new artists and for the theatre’s creative engagement programme.

The studio has been confirmed following a £1 million donation from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, which is already a supporter of the theatre’s young people and artistic development programmes.

Managed by Leeds City Council, the project has a total budget of £14 million. Anticipated funding is made up of £6.6 million from Arts Council England, £4.34 million from Leeds City Council and a £3 million injection from the Playhouse’s own resources and fundraising.

Construction work will begin from summer 2018, continuing through to autumn 2019. The theatre will remain open during the redevelopment works, presenting a season of shows in a new pop-up theatre on site.

West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director James Brining said: “The new Bramall Rock Void space will help us to develop the Playhouse’s reputation as an innovative and nurturing organisation that works hard to retain Yorkshire-born and based talent in the region.”

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