The Welsh Government has recently confirmed up to £22m in additional capital funding to support a substantial Theatr Clwyd redevelopment project.
Theatr Clwyd is the biggest producing theatre in Wales, known for world-class theatre productions and a significant social, cultural and economic impact in north-east Wales. It attracts over 200,000 paying visitors annually and has a strong outreach programme, bringing culture to a range of diverse audiences. This week, the Welsh Government has confirmed a £22m investment in the iconic Flintshire theatre as part of their Programme for Government.
‘The confirmation of Welsh Government’s investment towards the essential redevelopment of Theatr Clwyd… is a significant statement about how the arts sector, and its social and economic impact, is viewed in Wales – a nation fast becoming one of the best in the world at supporting its cultural sectors,’ said Liam Evans-Ford, Executive Director at Theatr Clwyd. ‘This funding will unlock further private investment and enable us to deliver something that our local communities, our theatre makers, our audiences, our region, and our nation can be proud of – a world-class producing theatre in North Wales that will now have facilities to match the standard of work on our stages.’
Evans-Ford and Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director, are working with Flintshire County Council, Arts Council of Wales and acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins on the project. The transformative Theatr Clwyd redevelopment will deliver a much-improved visitor experience and enhanced income-generating facilities within a greener, more efficient, and welcoming building. With an industry-leading zero carbon target and dedicated theatre-making, learning, family and wellbeing spaces, including on-site scenic construction for the first time, the project will be an exemplar of twenty-first-century cultural space.
Phil George, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, said: ‘This crucial investment from Welsh Government recognises the impact of the arts in community life, in the wellbeing of citizens and in economic development. Theatr Clwyd richly demonstrates that impact through its high-quality and eye-catching productions, its community outreach and its work in areas like Arts and Dementia and youth justice. This redevelopment will further energise all that work and be a major benefit to the people of north-east Wales. The Arts Council of Wales is proud to support it.’
Throughout the building work Theatr Clwyd will remain open with work expected to be completed in 2024.
Find out more about Theatr Clwyd here.