King’s Theatre refurbishment receives £2m levelling up funding

It is one of 17 ‘community treasures’ to share £8 million from the UK Government.
Alan Cumming is among celebrities who have supported the theatre (Jane Barlow/PA)
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A project to refurbish the 117-year-old King’s Theatre in Edinburgh has received £2 million from the UK Government.

The theatre is one of 17 “community treasures” to share £8 million from the Department for Levelling Up.

It is undergoing a major redevelopment designed to secure its future, with the refurbished venue expected to open in 2025.

Stars like Brian Cox and Alan Cumming have backed the campaign to raise money for the refurbishment.

The council-owned theatre is run by the charity Capital Theatres.

Its chief executive Fiona Gibson said: “We are absolutely thrilled by this generous investment in the redevelopment of the King’s Theatre from the Community Ownership Fund.

“This enables us to ensure the King’s offers a fully accessible welcome to audiences, artists and staff alike, and preserves it for future generations.

“We are immensely grateful for all the support received so far to make this project possible and to save the beloved King’s Theatre for Tollcross, Edinburgh and beyond.”

The building will be extended to improve its disability access and a new community hub is planned.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said: “Investing in communities improves lives – whether that’s rebuilding a community centre, rescuing historic pubs and theatres, or upgrading sports facilities used by families every day.

“These are unique and cherished places, valued by local people of all ages, and we know how much they mean to communities.”