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Blackpool Grand Theatre to be given refurbishment
Blackpool Grand Theatre is needing urgent repairs and town planners have given the green light for these to be carried out with £500,000 being provided for the necessary work.
Blackpool’s historic Grand Theatre is one of the most popular venues in town and the future of the theatre has now been assured with half-a-million pounds being provided for much needed repair work. A survey of the building earlier this year discovered rainwater penetrating through the roof and remedial work is expected to last throughout the winter months to be completed by Spring 2024.
The Grade II listed theatre was opened in 1894 and it is recognised as one of the best works of theatre architect Frank Matcham. The venue hosts productions all year round and is a hugely popular theatre for both locals and visitors alike.
The remedial work will help ensure that the Grand Theatre continues to play host to a wide variety of productions from both the UK and further afield. Indeed, if left unresolved, the building would continue deteriorating to a point where it would need to close to the public.
Blackpool Council stated that the restoration work was urgently needed in order to make the building fully watertight. It is understood that the theatre will continue to operate as normal while the work is taking place.
The Theatre Trust said of the theatre:
“It is an important and valued cultural venue for Blackpool, hosting a busy programme which both meets the needs of local people as well as contributing to Blackpool’s visitor offer.
“Therefore, efforts to support its ongoing conservation and operations are to be supported.
“These works are entirely to address deficiencies with the building which if left unresolved would result in continued deterioration and compromise the building’s significance as well as its ability to operate.”