Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is to replace all of its 1,200 seats as part of a refurbishment costing £1.1 million.
The venue said the new seating for the Victorian venue had been chosen to reduce noise levels in the auditorium and improve comfort.
As previously reported by The Stage, the venue will close for seven weeks from July 23 to make way for renovations of its front of house areas and replaced seating.
Once its front of house areas are refurbished, the theatre will open throughout the day, allowing customers to use the bars, which it is hoped will make the venue a ‘destination’ within the city and increase revenues for the theatre. The Grand Circle bar will be able to function as a conference suite.
“The extended use of the refurbished building and the increased commercial and charitable activity will not only prompt the safeguarding and expansion of the workforce but also increase the opportunities for learning and community engagement outside of performance times,” it said.
Currently, the theatre is only open during performance times.
Chief executive Adrian Jackson said: “Enhancing the theatre in this way will greatly improve the customer experience and will ensure the Grand not only continues as a celebrated theatre venue but also becomes a popular daytime and evening destination for socialising and intimate performance within the heart of the city centre.”