Thursday, February 2, 2023

Funding awarded to give popular theatre new lease of life

A popular theatre will get a new lease of life thanks to a £33,000 refurbishment in time for its 20th anniversary.

North Kesteven District Council has received funding from the Tarmac Landfill Community Fund. The funds will allow a major refurbishment to take place at the Terry O’Toole Theatre.

The project will enable the replacement of 200 theatre seats and improve the existing dance floor/performing area with new flooring.

The carpets of the theatre will be replaced, and a new hearing loop will be installed, facilitating those who need additional hearing help.

North Kesteven District Council executive board member with special responsibility for leisure, councillor Steve Clegg, said: “It’s encouraging to see the plan for renovation come together on a much-loved theatre in the District. The improvements will allow the theatre to celebrate its anniversary in style and comfort.

“Working with partners and funding sources such as the Tarmac Landfill Community Fund means that much-needed refurbishments can take place and allow the theatre to grow and develop serving the community. As part of the project, North Kesteven District Council is putting in an additional £12,000.

“Investing in this project not only preserves our heritage and champions culture but allows many more generations to enjoy the offerings of the site. We’re keen that everyone can come and experience the Terry O’Toole Theatre, from school groups to individuals and families of all ages.”

The project will take place in January 2023 and will take approximately two weeks. There will be no closure of the site as the work will take place in the theatre’s natural down period.

The Terry O’Toole Theatre was originally opened in 2002 by Jim Broadbent, since hearing of the project Jim has sent his good wishes.

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