THE redevelopment of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre is to receive £1.5million from the Scottish Government.
City councillors have been informed of the boost which is coming from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund following rising costs.
Work has been ongoing for several years to refurbish and restore the venue which is located between the Gorbals and Laurieston areas.
The B-listed building — owned by the council and leased to Citizens Theatre Ltd — is undergoing the first comprehensive redevelopment in its history, which dates back more than 140 years.
The project, which is costing more than £21million, will provide:
— A bigger, brighter and more comfortable foyer and café/bar
— A new multi-purpose 152-seat studio
— Fully accessible rehearsal and learning spaces
— Level access from the street and lift access to all floors of the auditorium
— Increased ventilation and temperature control creating a more comfortable audience experience
— Public access to the unique heritage of the building
— A more sustainable and energy-efficient building