Restoration of The Old Vic Theatre's Historic Auditorium - Phase II
No more squeaky floors at London's Old Vic!
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06/05/2011 15:07: £50,000 to historic theatre
The Old Vic Theatre Trust has received a £50,000 funding boost from SITA Trust for their project 'Restoration of The Old Vic's Historic Auditorium - Phase II'.
When the Old Vic Theatre Trust acquired the building in 1998, it did so with the vision of restoring it to its former splendor and preserving this historic building for posterity. Having dramatically improved the appearance and comfort of the auditorium by installing new seats in 2009, the Theatre Trust approached SITA Trust for funding to complete this amazing transformation.
The SITA Trust has now given a generous £50,000 grant to cover the cost of replacing the flooring and the carpets of the Dress Circle. The restoration will be in place for the opening of the Old Vic’s upcoming production Terence Rattigan’s Cause Célèbre, which previews from 17 March, tickets available from www.oldvictheatre.com.
Sally Greene OBE, Old Vic Chief Executive said: “The Old Vic is thrilled with this brilliant and practical gesture of support. Audiences will immediately notice the improvement and they will love it. Heartfelt thanks to the SITA Trust.”
Jools Granville of SITA Trust said: 'funding was provided to enable the Old Vic Theatre Trust to complete their project to allow future generations to enjoy this much-loved national treasure. The funds will allow the flooring to be re-sprung and the Dress Circle to be re-carpeted. This will help provide a future visitor experience that will be commensurate with the quality of work on stage.'