The Theatre Royal Plymouth is a charity.
As a centre of artistic excellence the Theatre Royal Plymouth is a cultural hub serving both Plymouth and the South West region.
We have received national critical acclaim for our artistic and community work and are recognised as one of the most successful regional producing theatres in the UK.
As such we collaborate with the very best artists and theatre producers nationally and internationally, ensuring audiences have access to both world class theatre and our wide reaching education and outreach work. Approximately 400,000 people attend the Theatre Royal Plymouth, and our award-winning TR2 facility, each year.
Whilst our artistic excellence and outreach & education work is well recognised, we need to ensure that the foundations are in place to support the delivery of this work for generations to come.
We must ensure that the Theatre Royal Plymouth is fit for purpose by offering a quality of customer experience in the public spaces that matches the theatrical experience on its stages.
The Theatre Royal building, its environs and the internal public spaces have not received any significant investment for 30 years and these areas are now showing their age.
The Regeneration Project will not only reinvigorate the Theatre itself but will also contribute to the regeneration of the city of Plymouth, reflecting the city's ambition and creativity, and its pride in its most significant cultural institution.
Plans are currently being developed to improve the public spaces of the Theatre, its environs and landscape and the creation of a new space for Creative Learning within the Theatre to provide a city centre location for work with young people and the many community groups we engage with.
The Arts Council recently announced a Capital Investment programme to support organisations to develop resilience by ensuring their buildings are fit for purpose and that they have appropriate equipment to deliver their work, and to become more sustainable businesses. The Theatre Royal Plymouth has applied for £5million from this fund. There are two stages to the application process and we have been successful in passing the first stage. We are now in the second stage of the application process and will be informed whether this application has been successful later in the year. If successful, this Arts Council England funding will be conditional on us raising a proportion of the total project costs ourselves and so we will be introducing a public fundraising campaign in the autumn.