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Photo of exterior of Lyceum Theatre

Sheffield Theatres Secures Funding to Re-Furbish the Lyceum

Client News

12 January 2014

Sheffield Theatres has has secured £1 million funding from Arts Council England to refurbish the Lyceum Theatre later this year.

The refurbishment will address three key areas: audience comfort, technical capacity and environmental sustainability. Changes which will specifically improve the audience experience include the installation of air conditioning in the auditorium, the addition of more ladies toilets, the refurbishment of the Balcony seating (the Stalls and Circle seating was refurbished in 2011 and 2012 respectively) and a move of the cloakroom to the ground floor (rather than the lower ground level).  The total cost of the refurbishment will be £1,933,000.

The refurbishment will take place over a slightly extended summer break, between July and September. On reopening it is anticipated that the Theatres will be in a stronger position to attract more major productions to the Lyceum; operate for more weeks of the year as maintenance time will be reduced; attract greater numbers of people through its doors and see a reduction in its operating costs as a result of the energy efficient installations. This work will also support Sheffield Theatres’ ambition to produce more of its own work to tour throughout the country. Commenting on the news, Dan Bates, Chief Executive said:

‘We are thrilled to be awarded this money from the Arts Council, which alongside the funding from Sheffield City Council is a significant amount to help us refurbish the Lyceum Theatre.

The redevelopment that took place 25 years ago gave us a strong foundation on which to build – the beautiful, ornate features of the auditorium were lovingly restored and remain in excellent condition. Our task is to match the beauty of the building with its technical and operational capacity.

The planned work will help us to significantly improve our facilities offering audiences the level of comfort they demand and visiting companies the technical provision they expect. It will also support the organisation to operate the building in the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way possible.

The challenge for us will be to raise the remaining £433,000, however I know how passionate the people of Sheffield are about this beautiful, historic building and that they will support us as best they can to achieve our target.’

Additionally Sheffield City Council has already committed £500,000. Councillor Isobel Bowler Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure commented:

‘Upgrading the Lyceum will attract significant investment into the city by attracting new, high profile productions to the theatre, enabling it to operate for more of the year and encouraging more visitors into the city and the surrounding businesses.

The arts industries play a vital role in Sheffield’s economy and a project like this, with a clearly defined purpose and benefits, is a sound investment.’

The Theatres will be fundraising the remaining £433k. It is hoped that £100,000 will be raised through individual donations and one mechanism for audiences to give is at the point of buying their tickets. Further information about supporting the Lyceum refurbishment is available online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.