The New Theatre Royal

The New Theatre Royal rebuild gets closer with another exciting leap forward with substantial funding from two leading family Trusts and Foundations

The Monument Trust and the Foyle Foundation have both generously expressed their support for the New Theatre Royal’s rebuild and refurbishment by awarding substantial grants totalling £350,000.

“We are truly delighted to receive this funding from two of the country’s largest family trusts and foundations. Their support of the theatre’s vision and the impact and benefits the re-development will have on Portsmouth and the surrounding area recognises this as a project on a national scale”. Caroline Sharman, Director of New Theatre Royal

The theatre is currently in an unprecedented period of change and will emerge as a unique combination of a beautiful heritage building equipped with state of the art facilities.

Its re- development which includes a completely new Creative Learning Space, dedicated to the memory of Oscar winning writer, director and educationist Anthony Minghella, will be a really vibrant space where new work can be developed and will become a new regional centre for work based learning. It will also become a space for teaching offstage and heritage skills and a home where local talent can be nurtured. It will enable local amateur dramatic groups to produce and present new work, as well as act as a place for networking and developing creative businesses.

“As a family we know from experience what a difference a creative education can make, we believe that the theatre’s education and outreach work is not only essential, it’s vital if we are to inspire and encourage a new generation to be the very best they can. With the fantastic support from both the Monument Trust and the Foyle Foundation, we are a step nearer to completing this incredible journey, for without theirs and other funders’ support, the redevelopment of this iconic theatre could not be completed.”

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