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Decision details

Orchard Theatre Auditorium Refurbishment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet received a report which detailed proposed refurbishment works to the Orchard Theatre auditorium in the summer of 2019. The theatre operator, HQ Theatres wished to improve the customer experience and generate increased revenue through the improvements which would include the replacement of all of the seats and increasing capacity by c.80 seats, redecoration, improving sightlines of the stage and enhancements to venue flexibility and accessibility. It was proposed that the Council, as the owner of the theatre, would undertake the works at a cost of around £490,000 as part of the capital Programme for 2019/20. Following completion of the works it was anticipated that additional revenue would arise and HQ Theatres had agreed to adjust their annual management fee downward to reflect this.


The Cabinet sought, and received, clarification on the likely level of the adjustment to the management fee and noted that the refurbishment would open up new performance opportunities and a greater likelihood of touring productions visiting the theatre.




1.  That the Cabinet approves the funding of the refurbishment of the auditorium at an approximate cost of £490,000 subject to funding for the works being agreed as part of the Capital Programme for 2019/20; and


2.  That the Cabinet agrees that the annual payment to HQ theatres be adjusted as a result of the Council undertaking the works.


Publication date: 07/01/2019

Date of decision: 06/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 06/12/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 07/12/2018

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