Maesteg Town Hall in Wales is to build a new studio theatre as part of a multimillion-pound redevelopment.
The 70-seat capacity studio will operate as a rehearsal and performance space alongside Maesteg Town Hall’s main 500-seat auditorium.
It will be used for both professional and community work.
As part of the redevelopment, there will also be improvements made to the dressing rooms and backstage facilities, and improved access to the stage and backstage areas.
The redevelopment will also include a new cafe, library service and children’s area.
The EU and Welsh government have confirmed £3.5 million towards the project, which is estimated to cost a total of £6 million.
A planning applications is set to be submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council later this year once full funding is confirmed.
The building is owned by Bridgend County Borough Council and run by Awen Cultural Trust.
Maesteg West councillor Ross Penhale-Thomas told Wales Online: “This project represents one of the biggest investments in the valley for years and will ensure it has a bright future.
“Should the project go ahead with the complete funding package, it will put the hall on the arts and culture map not just regionally, but nationally.”