The Royal Shakespeare Company
received a £750,000 boost to its Stratford redevelopment dream today
when it was awarded an Arts Council lottery grant.
The money will be used to fund
a £3 million feasibility study into transforming the RSC’s theatres
and workshops in Stratford.
Directors at the theatre want
to carry out a long-term look at how to rejuvenate the facilities to
make the town a cultural centre.
More than £3.25 million will
be spent on the study, which will begin in autumn 200 and will take
approximately 12 months
Following the study, detailed
design work will not begin until 2002 and there will be no
construction until late 2003 or 2004.
The first section of the
project will generate a detailed business plan for the theatre,
including a strategy to allow performances to continue without
interruption through any period of building and architectural designs.
The second phase will look at
getting theatre-goers to and from the area, and how public spaces
nearby can be improved to complement the new theatre.
There will be wide ranging
consultation with the community, staff and audiences from the early
stages of the project.
Adrian Noble, Artistic
Director of the RSC said:
marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the Royal Shakespeare
Company and Stratford-upon-Avon.
“With the exemplary and
visionary support of advantage West Midlands, Stratford-on-Avon
District Council and Warwickshire County Council, along with our
many other supporters, including the Arts Council and West Midlands
Arts, together we can now move forward confident that the RSC will
continue to play a central role in the success of the region.”