The Time For Ambition
On 2 June 2018, we closed our theatre to embark on the biggest capital transformation in our history, so we can open up the power of performance to more people than ever and allow the next generation to flourish. Our ambitious and much-needed redevelopment of our theatre, seeks to safeguard the heritage of the building and transform it into a dynamic and high-quality venue that will give the people of Cornwall access to the very best performing arts to rival any city in the country.
We may be far from the centre of political power, without the clout of a core city, but we dream big. After six years of passion, grit and gusto and generous contributions from our supporters, our team have raised just over £19.4 million. We are progressing with Redevelopment Phase I and II; stripping out the interior of the auditorium, removing the seating, lighting rigs and balconies, which has also resulted in the discovery of beautiful original Cornish stonework.
Over the last two decades, our venue has played an important part in raising the standards and expectations of performance in Cornwall. Our programme is designed for one of the most diverse audiences of any UK Theatre and we're proud of it. Because in the last ten years, 2 million people have attended 3,700 performances here, with at leaast 10,000 people given the chance to experience theatre for teh first time.
Looking forward means reaching further and when barriers to attendance are real, there's need to keep reaching. We want 300,000 people a year to come and see a show with us. Over the next five years, we want to give 50,000 more young people the chance to shine on stage and off, and become the catalyst for Cornwall's next generation of theatregoers and creators.
And we want to build a new time of theatre that is open to all - warmly welcoming people as they are.