On Saturday 13th May there's a chance to come along and see our plans for extending the Hippodrome. You'll be able to meet members of TAODS and our architects will be there to discuss the plans. It's the last chance to make any suggestions before we submit the plans for planning permission. We're delighted to be using local architect firm Storah's. The project will see us build an extension on the theatre that will replace a 1930's extension to create new public spaces, rehearsal rooms, exhibition space and much more.
Whilst there’ll be a lot of change we’ll also be ensuring that our much loved and beautifully restored auditorium will remain unchanged. The planned works start from the wall between the auditorium and foyer. There will be a period that we have to close the building during the demolition works but we’re going keep any closure period to the shortest period possible. Our intention is to reopen even whilst the extension is being built and our creative team are already looking at how we can stage events and productions during that period so watch out for some exciting updates on that.
Our big challenge now is to apply for the matched funding to ensure that we can complete the project. We're aiming to raise £1million pounds in the next 6 months. This will be through grants, both large and small but also through our own fundraising efforts. We hope that you'll support us where you can and if you would like to make a donation you can get in touch by emailing email@example.com. We'll use this page to keep you all updated on our progress as we embark on this exciting project to secure the future of the Hippodrome for the next 100 years.