Sutton in Ashfield
PROJECT STATUS: Planning application in with work expected to start in summer 2024
REGENERATION STRAND: Town Centres & High Streets
ADDRESS: 55 High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 1EE
The upgrade of Sutton Community Academy's theatre had artist impressions released in December 2023, showing how the refurbishment and upgrade would look. Ashfield District Council secured funding to upgrade the theatre, which will be rebranded and opened to the public as Cornerstone Theatre, as part of their £6.27million Future High Streets Fund.
The Council are working with Sutton Community Academy on the plans for the project, where the theatre will be completely renovated and reconfigured to create a new multifunctional community space to accommodate a range of high-quality performances and acts. The new theatre will allow residents and visitors to watch professional theatre performances, cinematic experiences, music and comedy nights, as well as use it for other community needs.
New dressing rooms, a green room, toilets - including a changing places room, foyer, and box office will be created. Inside the theatre, the auditorium will be completely refurbished with new flooring, ceiling, acoustic wall treatments, and doors. A new retractable seating system will provide around 200 seats, and specialist lighting will also be installed.
Work is expected to start in summer 2024, with a finish date of early 2025.