Birmingham Repertory Theatre has submitted plans for a £2.5 million redevelopment aimed at making it more “financially sustainable” in the face of funding cuts.
The scheme includes a “striking” new entrance, a new restaurant on the first floor and spaces that will create more opportunities for performance outside the main auditorium.
To coincide with the organisation’s 50th anniversary in its location on Centenary Square, Birmingham Rep aims to complete the development by 2021.
A press statement from Birmingham Rep said the organisation had “suffered significant recent funding cuts”, making the project “necessary for the theatre to remain financially sustainable” by helping to increase income through food and drink sales.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre executive director Rachael Thomas said: “We’re delighted to be working with APEC Architects on developing the Rep to make it even more welcoming and inclusive.
“The designs have been developed through user consultation to inform a feasibility study before developing fuller plans.”
Thomas added: “The proposed alterations will create a new and more prominent central entrance as well as making modifications to the internal public areas to develop an informal performance space, improve orientation and access to the theatres while also making physical improvements to the bar and catering provision to maximise commercial income and improve ambience, service, access and operability.”
Director at APEC Architects, Naomi Fisher, said: “At a time when so much mid-late 20th century heritage is disappearing, the proposals seek to celebrate the theatre’s iconic facade, and embrace changes that will help secure the Rep’s future.”