The Albany Theatre Trust has announced that funding for an ambitious programme of capital works has been secured through Coventry City Council.

The works will guarantee the Albany’s future.

The council grant will fund phase one of an ambitious redevelopment, improving the existing Studio Theatre and audience and community facilities. It will also finance three new studios and a new café.

Coomenting, David Meredith, Chair of the Albany Theatre Trust, said: “This is the latest crucial step towards creating a long-term sustainable future for the Albany. Far-sighted city councillors saved the former Butts Theatre over 15 years ago when City College moved out. The Trust has acted as custodian of this much-loved community venue since 2012.

"In 2017, we signed a 50-year lease not only for the main house but also for additional undeveloped space in the old college building. It has taken four years to prove our business plan is solid and to give the council confidence that, with the new spaces we will now develop, we can operate successfully without being a burden for Coventry’s taxpayers. I pay tribute to Councillor John Mutton because without his support and commitment we might not have received the unanimous backing of councillors.”

For more information, visit: albanytheatre.co.uk