£560,000 boost for prestige theatre
Grants to help enhance theatre’s engagement
Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre could have a more inviting welcome thanks to £560,000 grants which will help develop the front of house areas.
Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre will undergo development after receiving more than £400,000 from Arts Council England.
The one-off capital grant of £419,122 is a large part of an overall capital project of £561,000 for developments to the front of house areas, including better access via an improved passenger lift and wheelchair platform; a new, environmentally-friendly LED lighting system in the Round, which will lower the venue’s energy bills; and various smaller projects.
The theatre has also successfully retained its status as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for another four years.
National Portfolio Organisations are the institutions which receive regular annual funding from Arts Council England, and are seen as representing some of the best arts practice in the world. For the four financial years from 2018 to 2022, the Stephen Joseph Theatre will receive annual funding of £637,715 a year.
Richard Grunwell, chair of the Stephen Joseph Theatre board, said: “This validation of the Stephen Joseph Theatre as a world-class organisation will enable us to create even more exciting work in 2018 and beyond.”