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Royal Shakespeare Company appeal close to 112m target

The design of the new Royal Shakespeare Company theatre
The new auditorium is due to open in November

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced it has £5m left to raise for its £112m redevelopment of theatres in the bard's birthplace in Warwickshire.

The RSC has built a new auditorium with seating capacity for 1,000 people using the original facade of the 1932 theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It said spectators will be sat closer to the stage and it had also built a new theatre tower and viewing platform.

It said it hoped to raise the funds for its 50th anniversary in April 2011.

An RSC spokesman said it had raised £107.3m to date with £3.6m of donations from UK grant provider the Garfield Weston Foundation and the US-based PACCAR and Kresge charity foundations.

It has also produced a fundraising film trailer with audio from memorable RSC performances to help encourage public donations.

RSC executive director Vikki Heywood said: "The project is on time and on budget and we're looking forward to welcoming people into the building in November."



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