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Arts Council invests in new performance venue for Doncaster

  • Date: 18 January 2011
  • Area: North
artist impression of town centre

Doncaster's new venue, civic offices and public square. Credit: Image courtesy of Doncaster Council

A new performance venue in Doncaster will benefit from £2.1 million of National Lottery investment from Arts Council England.

The venue, which is expected to be built and open early 2013, has been developed in partnership with Doncaster College, the Doncaster voluntary arts sector and the Arts Council. It will be the cultural anchor of Doncaster's landmark Civic and Cultural Quarter.

It includes a 600-seat main auditorium, a second 200-seat/400-standing performance space, dance and drama studios, educational facilities that double up as meeting rooms and a lively open-plan bar, café and foyer area that overlooks and opens out onto the new public square.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said: 'Arts Council England is delighted to support the development of this new arts venue which will offer opportunities for the people of Doncaster to experience and participate in a wide range of high quality arts events and activities. The state of the art venue will help make Doncaster an even more vibrant and exciting place to live and visit ensuring more people's lives are enriched and inspired by arts experiences.'

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory/Customer Services said: 'This contribution by Arts Council England to the delivery of the new performance venue is a huge vote of confidence in Doncaster at this time.

'The venue will be a big attraction for the town. With its broad programme of entertainment and an extensive range of arts, leisure and educational facilities, it should offer something for everyone.'

Construction work is expected to start in summer 2011 and the new venue should open its doors in spring 2013.