​The Citizens Theatre in Glasgow awarded £4.8m grant

Glasgow's The Citizens Theatre is to receive £4.8m in Lottery grant money to help renovate the building.

18th December 2017
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

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The Citizens Theatre company in Glasgow, Scotland, was given the money to facilitate a renovation of one of the city's most-loved theatres.

Established in 1878, the theatre was permanently established as The Citizens Theatre in 1945 and has become an important part of Glasgow's culture.

The £4.8m funding will be used to transform everything from front-of-house to a new 152-seat theatre and is part of a larger £19 million ($24m) planned complete redevelopment.

Judith Kilvington, executive director of the Citizens Theatre, said: "This critical funding will allow us not only to preserve our Victorian theatre but also to tell stories which help to uncover and communicate the physical, architectural, social and cultural heritage of the Citizens Theatre to many future generations of theatre-goers, participants, and visitors.

"With our increased heritage engagement plans, we will be able to attract new audiences and participants to the theatre for the first time and encourage a deeper level of engagement amongst our existing audiences by offering a variety of ways to explore the Citizens Theatre's rich and multi-faceted heritage.

"Our redevelopment project is at the heart of the regeneration of the Gorbals and Laurieston and will create a vital cultural landmark and community hub for all the people who use the building."

Head of the heritage lottery fund in Scotland, Lucy Casot, said: "We are delighted to bring some Christmas cheer to one of Scotland's oldest and best-loved theatres.

"Thanks to players of the National Lottery, the Citizens Theatre will undergo a transformation which shines a light on its incredible Victorian heritage while providing the modern facilities expected today.

"After 139 years of entertaining audiences, her future as one of the country's outstanding production theatres is rosy."

The company will return to its primary location in Gorbals in autumn 2020.

Earlier in the year, it was announced that the theatre would switch sites while redevelopment took place