Malvern Theatres is presenting detailed plans for a capital project to create a new dedicated education and rehearsal space. This addition to the existing building will provide a much needed area for the venue’s continually expanding programme of learning and participatory events, including a range of classes, art workshops, fitness activities and talks. The area will provide a rehearsal space, both for our own professional co-productions and also for our talented Malvern Theatres Young Company, who will be able to present more productions as a result.
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The proposal aims to create a simple and unified façade to the western (Grange Road) side of the building, with contextual links with Malvern and The Priory opposite in terms of its coloration. Deep vertical glazing members at diminishing spacings will represent the opening of the ‘curtain’ as a bold, welcoming gesture. Behind the glazed façade the extension offers a generous, light-filled and flexible area at first floor level along with much-needed administrative spaces, storage and important changing areas for those with special needs.
Between now and July 20th, Malvern Theatres is hosting a public consultation on its plans. This is the first step of the formal planning application. Pre-planning conversations have gone well and Malvern Hills District Council has awarded the theatre £200,000 towards the project. Malvern Theatres has also received a grant of £120,000 from the Arts Council, subject to planning permission, as well as £100,000 generously donated by The Kay Trust.
Presentation drawings of the proposed project (by Glazzard Architects) can be seen below or downloaded in pdf format. The plans can also be viewed in the Theatre’s circle bar area between 17th and 20th July, where a model of the scheme will also be on display. We welcome your comments on our proposals and these can be made using the comments box below or on the cards available in the Theatre. Theatres Chief Executive Nic Lloyd will also be available to discuss the plans in person between 4 & 5pm on Tuesday July 17th and between 10 & 11am on Friday July 20th.
Download a PDF of the presentation drawings here