THE THEATRE Royal, Plymouth, has started its fundraising campaign to raise £2million for its regeneration project with the launch of Name A Star, which will see a galaxy of stars inlaid in the new paving around the theatre.
It's believed this is the first time such a scheme has been launched by a British theatre.
As part of the regeneration project, the public areas around the theatre are being completely remodelled, providing an opportunity for a limited number of bronze stars, each engraved with the name of an individual supporter, to be laid into the new paving.
Two standard versions of star are available for a donation of £500 or £1,000 and donations can be made over a period of up to four years, which means a star can be reserved for just over £10 a month.
The regeneration project, which has recently received the backing of Arts Council England with a commitment of £5million subject to the theatre raising an additional £2 million, will see the re-cladding of the building which will cut energy costs; an extension to the front of the building, allowing level access; a new box office, shop and cafe area; an outdoor terrace; an extended restaurant and a new studio space in the basement which will provide a city centre location for work with young people and community groups.
The planned works which, if the theatre is successful in raising the additional funds, will begin in April next year, taking six months to complete.
The theatre would then reopen in September 2013 with the launch of the first UK tour of the National Theatre's production of War Horse.
The theatre has already made significant progress with its fundraising efforts with over £500,000 raised from the fundraising campaign to date.