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City theatre plans 7m facelift
The Bristol Old Vic theatre has been awarded 3m to kick-start a 7m refurbishment project planned for 2008.

The city council is contributing 1m towards the revamp and Arts Council England has pledged 2m.

The work will include upgrading the Main House and Studio and improving licensing, access and services to the 240-year-old Grade 1 listed building.

The rest of the money will be sought from trusts, foundations, corporate sponsors and individual benefactors.

It is this city's duty to help safeguard the future of one of Bristol's most important buildings
Cllr Simon Cook, Bristol City Council

The theatre's artistic director Simon Reade said: "As Bristol develops at the start of the 21st century, core investment in recreational, artistic, social and educational values is essential to the current and future well-being of its citizens.

"Bristol Old Vic, as the major national producing theatre in the region, is the city's prime example of those intrinsic values."

Councillor Simon Cook added: "It is this city's duty to help safeguard the future of one of Bristol's most important buildings and to ensure that the Bristol Old Vic will have a home for the future."




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