Cheltenham Playhouse has been granted planning permission for a multimillion-pound redevelopment.
The renovation will include the creation of a new atrium to open up the grade II-listed building and provide space for heritage displays.
Other changes will include lift access and new flexible spaces for workshops, events and small-scale theatre productions, alongside the theatre’s main 200-seat auditorium.
Malcolm Ball, chair of the trustees for Cheltenham Playhouse, said: “We are thrilled to have secured planning permission to bring Cheltenham Playhouse into the 21st century and ensure it can be enjoyed and accessed by everyone for many more years to come. “While these plans have been in the pipeline for the past two years, now we have been given the go ahead and estimated our fundraising target of £4 million. We have set to work on applying for grants and funding, both locally and nationally, to bring our vision to life.”
The Cheltenham Playhouse was originally a 19th-century spa before it was transformed into a theatre in 1945.
Works to the venue will take place in 2020, which is the 75th anniversary of the venue’s conversion into a theatre.