Image caption, The bosses said the new Cornwall Playhouse auditorium had more than 1,300 seats
Cornwall 's main theater reopens after a major renovation.
Work at Truro 's Hall for Cornwall, in the 175-year-old Grade II * listed old town hall building, houses a larger auditorium and other facilities.
The theater closed in June 2018 for what was supposed to be a two-year renovation cost of over £ 20million.
It cost £ 26million and took three years, in part longer than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Image caption, The project lasted three years instead of two, with the demic coronavirus pan causing delays
Image caption, The former Hall for Cornwall auditorium had 965 seats
Bosses said the auditorium has gone from 965 seats to over 1,300, and that there were more public spaces, bars and cafes on both sides of the building.
A new co-working space called Husa ( Cornish for "to create an illusion or a dream ") would open its portses later in the year to "nurture and support Cornish performance artists and the creative industries," they also said.
A musical about the singing group Cornish Sailors Fisherman 's Friends are set to be the first production to take to the new stage on Wednesday night.
The venue's charity said it now aims to attract 300,000 people per year, "adding around £ 35.6million to Cornwall 's economy over the next five years and creating 165 jobs.
Creative Director Julian Boast said: " We have reduced the space available to us. to be able to do something new and exciting ... but the new auditorium will be the beating heart of what we do ".
Source Image caption, Via Hall for Cornwall Image caption, Truro Town Hall, seen here left on this postcard from 1905, is 175 years old and II * listed
Image source, Via Hall For Cornwall Image caption, Before became the Hall for Cornwall and the Cornwall Playhouse, Truro's main auditorium was housed in Town Hall, seen here in 1995
A five-year fundraising campaign raised over £ 26million for the transformation of the place, including:
- Arts Council England: £ 5m
- Cornwall Council: £ 5.19m
- European Regional Development Fund: £ 2.1m
- Heritage Lottery Funding: £ 3.02m
- HM Treasury: £ 2m
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Business Partnership: £ 2m
- Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund: £ 2m
- Government Funding: £ 1.5million
- Over £ 3million from individual philanthropists, national and local trusts, foundations and community fundraising campaigns
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