King’s Theatre redevelopment paused for a year

The redevelopment of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh has been temporarily paused due to the impact of the coronavirus, the charitable trust which runs the theatre has announced.

Initial designs from appointed architects Bennetts Associates 

Scheduled to start in September 2021, Capital Theatres will now explore the potential of starting the project 12 months later, in September 2022.

Dame Joan Stringer, chair of Capital Theatres, said: “Like so many, we are responding to unprecedented circumstances. Both our Project Board and Main Board met this week during which we considered the impact of the coronavirus on our plans for the King’s redevelopment.

“What is absolutely clear is that we all remain committed to delivering on our plans to redevelop the King’s into a modern venue, celebrating its rich heritage whilst sustaining it for future generations of enjoyment.

“We are however realistic and recognise that the current situation will affect our ability to deliver the project in our current timescales. The redevelopment works were due to start in September 2021 completing in summer 2023. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to pause the project, and are exploring the potential of starting the project 12 months later, in September 2022.

“We are now moving into discussions with principal funders the City of Edinburgh Council and the National Heritage Lottery Fund alongside our design team to pause the project.”

Plans included a refurbishment to front of house and backstage areas, with the initial plans proposed in 2018. The redevelopment is set to last two years.

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