Introducing Lancaster Grand’s New Foyer
The New Foyer
Lancaster Grand is very compact considering its 460 seat capacity. It has an extremely small foyer and bar and being 238 years old, it was not designed with disabled access in mind. The Foyer has been planned since 2008 following a decision to redevelop the area around the theatre and it was felt the time was right to build a new foyer to provide additional space. Visit our fundraising pages to make a donation or email us for further information:
The foyer will benefit theatre goers, the community and the long term future of the theatre by:
- increasing circulation space
- greatly improving access with the installation of a platform lift
- creating an intimate studio space for smaller productions, community groups and schools.
- providing a spacious coffee and alcohol bars at street level.
- providing additional space to allow the theatre to host conferences and seminars
- providing additional income to help to ensure the theatre’s continued operation for generations to come
The theatre is owned under a Trust arrangement by Lancaster Footlights, a registered charity (number 509425). Looking into the future, the additional income streams made possible by the new foyer will provide additional finance which will help to ensure the long term viability of this gem of a theatre.
The theatre has raised £500K on its own by means of donations, fund raising events and legacies especially one from Tony Yates who was an avid supporter of the Grand Theatre.
It has recently secured an additional £750K as part of the city backed High Street Heritage Action Zone initiative comprising £500K from Heritage England and £250K from Lancaster City Council. £100K of this is required for repairs to the side wall and front façade of the theatre with £650K allocated to the new foyer.
The theatre is now in the process of ramping up the fund-raising programme with the aim of raising the additional £1.2 million by January 2022 ready for major construction to start in July 2022.
The new foyer design was given planning approval on 7th January 2019 . However, you will begin to see changes around the theatre in 2021/22 in preparation for the start of construction in July.