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CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE GRANTED £12 MILLION FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
We are delighted to announce that Arts Council England (ACE) has confirmed a commitment of £12 million towards the theatre’s RENEW campaign.
This has unlocked a further £8million of existing pledges from local businesses, trusts and individuals, and, most notably, from West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council who have pledged £1.5million and £500,000 respectively.
Chichester Festival Theatre is one of five national organisations whose capital funding has been confirmed by ACE today, and the only organisation in the South East area.
Today’s news means that £20 million of the total cost of over £22 million has been successfully raised with a view to work starting before the end of the year.
The planned works, which will take 18 months to complete and will mean the closure of the Festival Theatre from October 2012, incorporate essential repairs to the Grade II* listed Festival Theatre, a new extension, increased seating capacity, improved access and public facilities, improved backstage facilities and changes to make the building more energy efficient.
The fundraising campaign, ongoing for two years now, continues in earnest to raise the essential remaining
£2 million. Find out more about RENEW.