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Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre closes for £3m makeover

Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre is to close for a major £3m makeover.

The final performance is on Saturday before the theatre is temporarily closed, until September, for its first revamp in 30 years.

Geoffrey Rowe, Everyman's chief executive, said: "It's time this old building had a bit of refurbishment."

The venue will be closed between now and 26 September with the work being completed in time for its 120th anniversary in October.

Carpet stains

Mr Rowe said the aging building was long overdue for a makeover.

"As you sink into your seat and you look down at the side you see the stains on the carpet and then you look up at the boxes and you see that they're actually held on by bits of metal.

"No-one ever sits in them because they're not safe," he added.

The refurbishment includes restoring the plaster work and paintings, installing new carpet, curtains and seats, and updating and refurnishing the auditorium and foyers.

Out of the £3m that is estimated to be needed for this transformation the theatre has raised £2.7m, with £500,000 donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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