The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich is to benefit from a pavilion alongside the venue that will be used for community work.
It is being built as part of a wider £2 million regeneration of the Westgate area of the town, which also includes a new square outside the theatre.
The pavilion will become home to the theatre’s community engagement and creative learning programmes, and will also act as a tech hub for developing digital skills for the arts.
Work on the redevelopment, which is designed by Waind Gohil and Potter Architects, begins this month and is due to be completed by September 2020.
New Wolsey chief executive Sarah Holmes said: “It’s been an absolute delight to work in partnership with Waind Gohil and Potter on this vital project.
“The marvellous golden-roofed pavilion they have designed for us will enable our community programme to flourish and for the first time brings our performance and participation work together on one site. It will absolutely bring new life to the area around the theatre as well as transforming our audiences approach to the New Wolsey Theatre.”
Peter de Savary of Charterhouse Investments, which owns the 35,000 sq m site on which the square and pavilion will be built, said: “We hope this project can set an example to others of where public/private partnerships can deliver regeneration and community benefit in this otherwise distressed market.”