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Ayr's Gaiety Theatre awarded £1m by Creative Scotland

Gaiety Theatre
Image caption The Gaiety Theatre closed in 2009 but re-opened in 2012 after a campaign to save it

The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr has been awarded £1,176,277 by Creative Scotland for extensive redevelopment.

It follows the news that it's to be given regular funding for the first time to allow it to stage shows, and work with local students.

Creative Scotland also awarded £465,000 towards the redevelopment of Dunoon Burgh Hall.

Horsecross Arts and Perth and Kinross Council were awarded £2m for their plans to revamp Perth Theatre.

Originally built in 1902, The Gaiety closed in 2009 but reopened in 2012 after a campaign to save it.

Lifeline grant

The theatre wishes to position itself as a cultural and educational hub for Ayrshire.

Jeremy Wyatt, executive director of Gaiety Theatre, said: "This capital grant from Creative Scotland is essential to the future of the Gaiety Theatre.

"It will enable us to address urgent heating and ventilation problems, restore the main auditorium and invest in modern stage equipment.

"It will also allow us to improve the whole audience and performer experience. Most importantly it will mean we can continue to act as a focus for developing all aspects of the performing arts in Ayrshire."

The Grade B-listed Burgh Hall in Dunoon is being redeveloped by a trust which aims to create a multi-use arts hub.

The transformation will see the main hall capable of hosting events and functions and larger exhibitions.

The £2m award to Horsecross Arts and Perth and Kinross Council will form a major part of the £13m plan to redevelop Perth Theatre.

The work on the theatre, which was opened in 1900, will see the period features of the B listed Edwardian auditorium meticulously restored and access improved throughout the building.

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