Lawrence Batley Theatre awarded £499,999 for theatre renovations by Arts Council England

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Today Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre has been awarded a £499,999 grant from Arts Council England to transform the Grade II listed building.

The theatre, which is celebrating 25 years this year, will use the funding to make key updates and renovations to the building. Changes will include improved access facilities for artists, a new look foyer area, upgraded technical equipment to make the theatre more sustainable and improved sightlines in the auditorium.

Henry Filloux-Bennett, Chief Executive and Artistic Director at the theatre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding from Arts Council England today. It enables the theatre to become more sustainable for the future and allows us to continue to bring exceptional productions from across the country to Huddersfield.

Our audience will also see the benefit with our front of house space undergoing a makeover and improved sightlines from our restricted view seats.”

The work will take place over the next two years with many spaces undergoing a new look.

The Lawrence Batley Theatre is located inside a former Wesleyan Chapel in the heart of Huddersfield. It opened in 1994 following a fundraising campaign by the community to open a theatre in the town. Today it welcomes productions from all over the world and commissions new work from artists across the UK.