Plan for new look town theatre

An artist's impression of the new catering and hospitality teaching facility and Melton Theatre EMN-141216-123533001
An artist's impression of the new catering and hospitality teaching facility and Melton Theatre EMN-141216-123533001
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Eye-catching proposals to give Melton Theatre a modern new look as well as improving its facilities have been unveiled.

The theatre’s refurbishment will be the final part of Brooksby Melton College’s town centre campus regeneration.

Extensive refurbishment has already transformed the adjacent college buildings and a new hospitality and catering centre has been completed.

The theatre planning application seeks to allow both ‘front of house’ improvements, enhancing the theatre experience for audiences, and much needed ‘backstage’ improvements for the benefit of performers and productions, including college shows.

Some of the key objectives of the refurbishment, highlighted in a design and access statement, were to:

l Provide improved facilities for theatre customers including a new cloakroom, improved toilet facilities, dressing rooms and new ease of access.

l Improve ‘front of house’ and ‘back stage’ facilities to attract more varied shows and improve the theatre experience

l Transform the external appearance of the theatre to complete the larger college refurbishment

l Update theatre branding and signage to create vibrant image and ambience

l Create new and improved scene storage facilities

There would also be improvements to the heating/air flow in the auditorium, benefiting customers and performers. The existing vehicle access and exit from Asfordby Road and Wilton Road will remain broadly as existing.

To help create a strong new image for the theatre it is proposed to use a high quality copper grille mesh panelled around the building’s facade, new signage and a high quality LED lighting scheme to give it a striking contemporary feel.

Michael Harris, Melton Theatre co-ordinator, said: “The general idea is to improve our backstage facilities which in turn allows to upgrade the ‘front of house.’

“Any upgraded equipment will be used to benefit college productions and greater access to the scene dock areas will allow theatre users the freedom to bring larger productions to the space, which will in turn increase the quality of shows. We want to bring ourselves into the future with better modern facilities to compete with other venues. Most importantly the theatre is a community education facility first and foremost and any future work must benefit students’ learning and progression.”