Coventry’s Albany Theatre Trust has secured its long-term future that will see exciting new creative spaces developed for the benefit of all in its community!
Coventry City Council has just awarded the Albany Theatre £2.908 million to develop its facilities. The sum includes approximately £.5 million from the City of Culture Capital Fund.
The combined grant will fund the Phase 1 of an ambitious redevelopment. Specifically, it will bring improvements to the existing Studio Theatre, 3 new Studios, a new Café and improved audience and community facilities. Work is getting under way very soon, with a view to being completed by the autumn.
Cllr. David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “I’m really pleased that councillors have given their backing for this investment in the Albany Theatre. We have already said that it is vital that we help to create sustainable models for the future, capable of delivering our ambitions as a cultural city. The Albany Theatre is an important cultural asset for the city, and I hope that in the months ahead it can expand its engagement with communities in the city.”
Kevin Shaw, CEO and Artistic Director, added: “Not only will the new developments ensure The Albany Theatre’s viability and thereby create a long-term legacy, but they will also allow us to offer a richer and more diverse programme, incubating emerging talent, and to develop the Albany as the home of learning and engagement programmes. We are creating a high-class, fully accessible arts and cultural venue to meet identified local needs.”
Further details and updates on the programme are available from The Albany Theatre website.
Albany Theatre Main Auditorium ~ Photo by Anthony Quinn Photography