It is the final countdown for beloved Alnwick Playhouse, Crystallised


Today, as Alnwick Playhouse reveal their brand-new website, the team put out a rallying call to audiences old and new today, to help them raise a final £40,000 to support the major refurbishment of the Playhouse, being led by Northumberland County Council. 

The Playhouse closed its doors over 12 months ago so that a £3.3m much-needed refurbishment project could take place, £800,000 of which must be raised by the Alnwick Playhouse Trust.

Hundreds of members of the public have already supported The Playhouse through buying their very own seat in the auditorium, which can be purchased for £250 and includes an engraved plaque with a message of your choice, but the Alnwick team say every little helps, donations large and small are welcomed.

The arts centre, theatre and cinema which is home to the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre, Choir and Concert Band, is being refurbished to bring the 94-year-old building up to modern standards. After completion visitors can expect to see a revamped, classic auditorium with added, generous legroom; a brand-new ground-floor studio hub; a luxury bar upstairs and a premium food and drink offer on the ground floor, courtesy of McKenna’s known for their popular bar and restaurant at Northern Stage in Newcastle.

In addition, Alnwick Library and Tourist Information Centre will move to the ground-floor of the Playhouse, making it a true hub of the community.

For the first time this week, the full Playhouse team, who have been continuing their work from the Lindisfarne Annex were allowed access to the building to see how refurbishments are taking shape. The main auditorium will have its brand-new luxury seating fitted in November and anyone purchasing a seat will be granted an exclusive, first-look at the auditorium prior to the official opening later this autumn.

Donate before 10th November to support Alnwick Playhouse by visiting the website