Break a leg! What town’s new theatre will look like

An artist's impression of one of the performance spaces in Doncaster's new Performance Venue, part of the Civic and Cultural Quarter.
An artist's impression of one of the performance spaces in Doncaster's new Performance Venue, part of the Civic and Cultural Quarter.

THIS is the first glimpse of what Doncaster’s new £20 million theatre will look like.

Doncaster Council and its development partner Muse Developments have this week released this artist’s impression of what audiences will see inside the new performance venue as contractors moved on site.

The modern building is the latest phase of the £300 million civic and cultural quarter set to breathe new life into the Waterdale area of the town centre.

It will boast multiple uses and will be open during the day and into the evening.

The theatre will comprise a 600 seat main auditorium, a 200 seat or 400 standing flexible performing space, a drama studio, dance studio, education spaces, foyer, bar, box office, dressing rooms and a café.

In addition to the performance venue, a public open space will be created to complement the new building.

VINCI Construction UK will be on site this week, with the venue expected to be complete by spring 2013.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “This is an important milestone for the civic and cultural quarter project.

“The new performance venue will be the cultural heartbeat of the development and promises to be another wonderful addition to Doncaster’s growing portfolio of attractions.

“The new venue is far more than a direct replacement of the Civic Theatre. It will offer something for everyone to take part in or enjoy. Doncaster has much to look forward to.”

Muse Developments projects director, Michael Broadhead, said the civic and cultural quarter was taking shape.

He said: “This next piece in the puzzle will put the culture into the quarter, attracting top class performers and artists to Doncaster and providing public areas for visitors to enjoy.”

Work is also continuing at the council’s new civic offices and one-stop shop for customer services, with construction due to be complete next year.

Work is under way to create a civic square and the newly refurbished civic quarter multi storey car park will be launched later this month to provide parking for visitors to the Waterdale area and town centre.

Arts Council England has provided £2.1m of National Lottery investment. The scheme has also been given European Union cash.

The CCQ was one of former elected mayor Martin Winter’s transformational projects designed to regenerate the borough.

Phase one of the ten year scheme was signed off by Mr Winter during his final days in office.

Mr Davies decided to press ahead with phase one after it was revealed it would cost the council too much money to go back on the contract.