Refurbishment of historic playhouse

Northern Bear Building Services has been employed as main contractor and works have now begun on the refurbishment project at Alnwick Playhouse. The major project, which has been described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and will require the much loved arts venue to be closed for almost a year.

The Playhouse building is co-owned by Northumberland Theatre Company and Alnwick District Playhouse Trust. Over the years, despite best efforts, the building has deteriorated into a state where it requires a large capital investment to bring it back to good working order, something hard to achieve for two small charities. The Playhouse will retain its primary role as a theatre and cinema while the library and tourist information centre will occupy other parts of the building. As part of the agreement, the Playhouse will also be raising nearly £800,000 to finance a new food and drink area, new auditorium seating, a new get-in lift, studio adaptations and refurbishment throughout. This would not have been possible without the significant investment from the county council which will ensure that the building is water-tight, with new electrics and new heating installed.