Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow cultural venues set for £11m redevelopments

Theatre Royal and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Image caption Both venues will be upgraded before the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Two of Glasgow's highest profile cultural venues are to be redeveloped with £11m of public money.

Scottish Opera will receive £4m towards the cost of upgrading the Theatre Royal, including improving front-of-house areas and disabled access.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will get £7m for extending the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, including a new 600-seat performance venue.

The improvements will be made before Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "These funding allocations should go a long way towards turning plans into reality over the next three years.

"Once completed, the venues will play a crucial role in showcasing Scotland's world-renowned culture and creativity during the Commonwealth Games, as well as enhancing the cultural life of Glasgow for years to come.

"Against a backdrop of a significantly reduced culture capital spend over the next three years, I have prioritised these projects because of their potential to contribute to Scotland's economic growth and to create a rich legacy for the city of Glasgow and the whole nation beyond 2014."

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