Landmark plans to transform the West Yorkshire Playhouse to help it spearhead Leeds’ European Capital of Culture bid have been given a funding boost.
Leeds City Council’s executive board agreed to stump up £4.9million to add to an existing £6.6m from Arts Council England and £2.5m from the theatre’s funds today.
Theatre bosses want to create a new entrance facing the city centre as well as new performance and community spaces.
Council leader Judith Blake said: “Many of us know the contribution the West Yorkshire Playhouse makes, not only to the city but the region, with some of the extraordinary work it puts on and it’s clearly a centre of our bid to be Capital of Culture in 2023.”
She said the nearby Victoria Gate development has given an added urgency to plans, adding that a revamp will make it feel more part of the city centre.
Coun Andrew Carter, leader of the Conservatives, added: “The area has grown around it since it was built and it faces backwards unfortunately, which doesn’t really help.”