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Hertford Theatre in line for £13.5 million redevelopment

Plans for a £13.5 million redevelopment of Hertford Theatre have been outlined as part of a range of proposals for the venue’s future.

The venue currently comprises of a main auditorium with a maximum capacity of 405, that is used for both cinema screenings and live performance, as well as a 60-capacity studio space.

East Herts District Council will meet on June 19 to discuss a report containing a range of options for the development of the theatre, ranging from no development through to a £13.5 million renovation.

The £13.5 million option will see the main auditorium increased to 550 seats and a rooftop extension built to accommodate three additional cinema screens with a total of 200 seats.

Backstage spaces will be reconfigured to improve access for disabled performers, flexible studio space with 150 capacity will be created, and the venue’s foyer space will be improved.

According to the report [1], the improvements will enable Hertford Theatre to programme a broader range of live work including drama, comedy, music and dance.

The report was compiled by a consortium of consultants, including business consultants Barker Langham and architects Carmody Groake, with the purpose of outlining a business case to improve the arts offer at Hertford Theatre.

After the council decides on which development option to pursue, the next step will be to formulate a planning application for the preferred option.