Lawrence Batley Theatre puts community and access at its heart in renovation plans

The latest renovation plans for the Lawrence Batley Theatre have been released today. The renovated building will ensure the theatre’s future for years to come.

The plans for redevelopment work, originally announced in February this year will see the regional venue undergo major renovation work for the first time in the theatre’s 26-year history. They will fully renovate the theatre’s Main House, replacing all seating to allow for improved sightlines and better access, as well as new technical equipment to improve environmental sustainability.

A disused area within the theatre will be transformed into a dedicated participatory space allowing for increased community engagement activities and will act as a break-out room for accessible performances. An old print room will be transformed into a brand new dressing room with full wheelchair access to help open up the theatre’s programme to a broader range of artists.

Henry Filloux-Bennett, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre comments, “After almost 27 years serving our community we are pleased to share more information about our building redevelopment. All of the renovation plans have been carefully considered to improve our facilities so that we can support more local talent, provide a broader range of creative opportunities, be more environmentally sustainable and a more welcoming creative hub.”

As a venue built by and for the community, all of the redevelopment work will improve visitor experience and help open up the theatre to its community. The renovations are set to take place from Mid-June to Early-September with the theatre reopening with a series of celebratory events.

The project follows successful grant awards totalling £600,000 from Arts Council England, Kirklees Council and Garfield Weston Foundation.

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