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Inside our new foyer

The next step in our journey

The work continues

November 2017 - Redevelopment work update

We have raised over £1.5 million towards this major project in the life of the People’s Theatre. As a result the work on the front of the building and the new foyer space is virtually complete. 

The new Studio Theatre is a really exciting space, but it still needs significant work before it can be equipped and put into use. 

Many local and national trusts and foundations have given significant amounts towards this huge change for the theatre, and their names are listed opposite.  Many of our members who have also given most generously. Without them this could not have happened. By the end of this project we will have achieved:

  • A truly inspiring, new Studio Theatre space on ground floor level
  • Full access to all areas of the venue for wheelchair and mobility restricted users
  • New lighting and heating systems that will reduce our carbon footprint
  • An improved exterior and a new foyer, bar, gallery and archive display area

We aim to have the studio completed in late 2018, but we still need to raise £150,000 to complete the work. If you'd like to make a donation, please follow the link at the bottom of the column opposite. Or support us by coming along to see one of our shows, and telling your friends and family about us!

We will keep you updated, and in the meantime we hope to welcome you along to the People's soon!

- Tony Childs

Director, People’s Theatre Redevelopment Project

The trusts and foundations who have given their support to this venture are:

Arts Council England

Benfield Charitable Trust

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Foyle Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

Homes & Communities Agency

Hoult Family Grassroots Fund

Newcastle Children’s Mission & Institute

Pen & Palette Club Fund

Reece Foundation

RFF Gibson Trust

R.W. Mann Trust

Sir James Knott Trust 

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK

The Astor Foundation

The Barbour Foundation

The Joicey Trust

The Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust

The Rank Foundation

The Ridley Family Charity

The Rothley Trust

The Theatres Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

We would also like to thank Newcastle City Council for support, and all the individuals who have donated so very generously.

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