In January 2004 the theatre closed for 6 months, re-opening September/November 2004 with the following refurbishments:-
* the capacity was increased to 525
* the stage was extended to 13m by 7m
* heating was installed
* a lighting grid was rigged over the stage
* a full height get in was constructed
* the interior was repainted and tidied up
* the stalls were remodelled and re-seated at the same time the front of the building was restored to its former Victorian glory, following a grant from the Onyx Environmental Trust
The building projects were completed on time, with the theatre opening as promised on 10th September, and a reopening party held on 15th November when the scaffolding taken down from the front of the building.
The theatre has received many professional and amateur companies through its doors, and is continuing to provide wonderful theatre for Portsmouth, and hopes to do so for many years to come.
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Members of Mandy who have worked for New Theatre Royal