The new building will be fully accessible with public lifts to all levels – meaning it’s more suitable for older people and disabled audiences than our current Fairbottom Street building. There will be improved foyers and bars with greater circulation space and there will be more opportunities for education and community work.
It will have a 550 seat Main Auditorium with improved sight lines and seating, retaining the intimate atmosphere of our present auditorium. The new building will also have a 175 seat flexible Studio, rather than the current 50 seats, offering greatly improved facilities for an extended programme of work.
The new Studio space will allow the Coliseum to diversify its programme and support the development of artists and companies. The Studio space will be used as a resource for the Coliseum’s acclaimed education and community programmes which currently receives investment from The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation together with other prestigious funders. The Studio will be core to the theatre’s Teaching Theatre programme, and with its enhanced technical facilities, it will enable the theatre to train hundreds of young people.