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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Rosehill funding decision delayed

ROSEHILL Theatre’s management faces a wait to learn if a crucial funding bid towards a £4.5million revamp has been successful.

By Andrew Clarke

Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) was due to decide this week whether to award the Whitehaven theatre a £1million grant, having offered the money in principal in 2012. However, BEC’s decision-making meeting has been postponed until Wednesday, May 7.

If the theatre is successful with its application, and a further £1million bid to the Copeland Community Fund on which a decision is due on June 11, director Richard Elder says it’s “full steam ahead” for the revamp.

The new theatre will offer training and employment opportunities, providing new front-of-house, backstage, exhibition and performance space, a renovated historic auditorium and a home for work with the community and young people. The new restaurant facilities will incorporate students from Lakes College.

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