Cambridge Arts Theatre has unveiled plans for a £12 million redevelopment project to add a new studio to the building.
Under the plans, called Act Two, a studio space seating around 200 people will be added and the venue’s foyer will be redeveloped and extended, with the potential for a bar or catering space.
The new spaces have been designed by Mark Foley for Burrell Foley Fischer LLP.
The studio, which will be on the building’s fourth floor, will allow the theatre to develop more in-house work. Currently, Cambridge Arts Theatre produces its own annual pantomime, as well as some musicals and productions with local students.
Its chief executive Dave Murphy told The Stage: “I would really like to re-balance our programme and make it, as a guesstimate, two-thirds receiving, one-third producing, not dissimilar to the Theatre Royal Bath.”
Murphy said Cambridge Arts Theatre was approaching the “normal suspects” about contributions towards the £12 million total of funds required for the development.
He added: “It is a critical project to the future of this theatre and for the theatre in Cambridge generally. We are the only professional playhouse in the city but we are also the only professional playhouse for miles and miles around.”
It is hoped that building work will start in summer 2013 and be completed in 2015. The theatre will remain open throughout the work.