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Theatres from Dundee to Hampshire receive share of £22,500 for urgent building works

Five regional theatres are to share more than £20,000 in capital grants from the Theatres Trust.

The awards, made through the UK Small Grants Scheme – part of the trust’s Theatres Protection Fund – are intended to help theatres in need and at risk improve their buildings.

Grants of £5,000 have been announced for four theatres. Alnwick Playhouse’s award will be spent on improvements to auditorium access and seating, while the Plaza Theatre in Romsey, Hampshire, will use the money to replace its broken stairlift.

The Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre and Theatre in Lancashire will upgrade its heating system, and heat-retaining air barriers on the entrance doors of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre will be installed. They are expected to reduce the venue’s annual energy costs by about £2,000.

Other grants include £2,500 for Peterborough’s Vivacity Key Theatre to go towards the installation of a hearing loop.

The UK Small Grants Scheme was launched in 2012 with a five-year £125,000 donation from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. It continues to be funded by the foundation as well as the Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust.

Theatres Trust director Jon Morgan said: “Theatres large and small need support to keep their buildings operational. Thanks to our funders we can help keep these theatres open, their audiences comfortable and the performances accessible.”