The Royal Brighton Theatre situated in the heart of Brighton’s cultural quarter is expected to be closed from July to September due to renovation works.
Starting from the 9th of July, the Royal Brighton Theatre, located in New Road, will not air shows for over two months until the 13th of September due to remodelling works which began in April.
The “Grade II*” listed theatre, which is owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group, is expected to undergo a “multi-million-pound restoration project which has been years in the making” and is anticipated to conclude in March 2024.
Eleanor Maltby, the Communications Manager for the theatre provided an update on the restoration work. Maltby said:
“You’ll see from the programme, we have shows running until mid-July, and then a couple of months with no shows and we’ll reopen again in September.
“We currently anticipate the works will still be ongoing until around March 2024.”
The theatre began the refurbishment works on the front facade to restore the theatre to its original splendour earlier last month.
The restoration project has not hindered the current schedule of shows aired in the theatre, with the theatre expected to be open for the next months.
Lee, the property technician overlooking the renovation said:
“The theatre is over 200 years old. We are currently open and have never been closed. We have only been closed during COVID-19 during the pandemic and nothing apart from that.
“We are one of the oldest theatres in the country and our business has not been affected and the scaffolding and renovations don’t affect shows.”
The historic theatre was constructed in 1807 and has been active for 205 years, making it one of the oldest and most distinguished theatres in the country.
It provides a large and diverse range of pre-and post-West End touring plays and musicals, as well as ballet, opera, music, comedy and children’s shows.
Matt Gresty, a Brighton and Hove resident and regular at the theatre expressed his thoughts on the news. Gresty said:
“I’m hoping that the refurbishments will help preserve and nurture an important cultural and architectural aspect of our city…And I look forward to seeing the changes made once it reopens”