Visitors to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre are to get a new-look entrance to the classic venue.
The theatre has been awarded nearly £5,000 in the latest round of grants from The Theatres Trust.
The £4,850 grant is one of just five handouts nationally to historic theatres to help rejuvenate and secure them for the future.
The Grand’s grant will be used towards refurbishing the carved wood entrance doors and metal canopy on the Grade II-listed building’s exterior as part of the theatre’s 120th anniversary celebrations. The theatre celebrated that landmark on July 23.
Acting chairman of Blackpool Grand Theatre Trust, Roger Lloyd Jones, said: “Maintaining a building of this age and beauty is always a financial challenge and so we are grateful to the Theatres Trust who have stepped in with this generous grant to help us restore the entrance to its former glory.”
Other theatres which received funding are The Theatre Royal Stratford East, London; the Players Theatre, Thame; the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells; and Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight.
Director of The Theatres Trust, Mhora Samuel, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to help five more theatres with small grants from the Theatres Protection Fund.
“The support we receive from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer towards our Small Grants Scheme is making a real difference to theatres.”
The Theatres Trust is the national advisory public body for theatres, which promotes their protection.
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