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£2.5 MILLION RCGF AWARD MARKS NEW MILESTONE IN CITIZENS THEATRE BUILDING REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Thanks to major support announced today by the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, the Citizens Theatre is significantly closer to delivering its building redevelopment vision.

The redevelopment of the Citizens Theatre has been recognised as a vital project for Glasgow as part of the Gorbals regeneration agenda. The project plays a leading role by creating a cultural landmark at the heart of the Gorbals, and Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area. It is one of the few remaining heritage buildings left in the area and has significant community and historical relevance for the city of Glasgow and specifically for the Gorbals.

The Citizens Theatre’s project will be the most comprehensive redevelopment of the category B listed building in its 139 year history. It will redesign an ageing and vulnerable building as an essential creative and cultural hub for local communities. Plans include improved accessibility across the entire building, securing the heritage of its unique Victorian features, new bar and café facilities and new rehearsal, learning and studio spaces. The project will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s iconic buildings.

The theatre worked with Transforming Communities: Glasgow (a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government and Glasgow Housing Association) to produce the application to the RCGF. The theatre is working in partnership with Glasgow City Council and New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA), which leads the continued development of the local area as part of the Thriving Places project, itself a centrepiece initiative of the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. The Citizens is committed to supporting NGHA’s community development strategy to continue to reverse the economic, physical and social decline of the Gorbals.

The total cost of the building redevelopment project is £20.8million. The award of £2.5 million from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund brings the total raised to date to £15.3 million.

Judith Kilvington, Executive Director, Citizens Theatre, said:
“This award from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund is a major milestone in the planning and fundraising for our building redevelopment and recognises the significant contribution to community regeneration at the heart of the project. The Citizens Theatre is essential to the vibrancy of the local Gorbals community and the redevelopment will act as a catalyst for further cultural and commercial development as well as playing a vital role in the well-being of our local communities. We are passionate about being an inclusive organisation and will ensure that anyone visiting the redeveloped Citizens Theatre can engage with every aspect of our building, programme and heritage.”

Councillor George Redmond, Chair of Transforming Communities: Glasgow, said:
“The Citizens Theatre is a key part of Glasgow’s cultural and social life, and has been for over 70 years, creating theatre productions of the highest quality. The council has been pleased to support the Citizens Theatre already in their regeneration project, and I am delighted by this latest award from the RCGF. The redevelopment of the theatre will reflect the fantastic transformation taking place - literally - across the road in Laurieston.”

Linda Malone, Chairperson of New Gorbals Housing Association and local resident, said:
“We consider the redevelopment of the Citizens Theatre as the single most important investment proposal in the Gorbals and fundamental to its community, economic and social regeneration. Remarkable change has been brought about in the quality of housing and environment over the last 20 years but social and economic outcomes for Gorbals residents have not improved at the same rate as the physical changes. We welcome this funding award and the recognition of the significance the Citizens plays in community regeneration.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS
REGENERATION CAPITAL GRANT FUND
The Scottish Government’s £25m p.a. Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, delivered in partnership with COSLA and local government, supports locally developed regeneration projects that involve local communities, helping to support and create jobs and build sustainable communities. Applications to the fund are made on an annual basis.

PROJECT COSTS AND FUNDS RAISED TO DATE
Cost of full project: £20.8 million
Funds secured: £15.3 million

Funds secured include Glasgow City Council (£4 million), Heritage Lottery Fund (£4.9 million), Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (£2.5 million), Creative Scotland (1.5 million), Historic Environment Scotland (£500,000), The Robertson Trust (£500,000) and a variety of other trusts and individuals.

CITIZENS THEATRE
The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres since 1945. Fondly known as the Citz, the company is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill and Executive Director, Judith Kilvington. It presents a world-class, contemporary repertoire based on bold new interpretations of classic texts. As its name suggests, it produces work that can enhance and transform the lives of people of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds through performance and participation that everyone can access. The theatre has extensive backstage workshop facilities where it makes its own sets and costumes. The Category B listed building opened as His Majesty’s Theatre in 1876 and was also known as the Royal Princesses Theatre until the building was first leased to James Bridie’s Citizens Theatre Company in 1945.The theatre retains many of its Victorian architectural features; it is the only theatre in Scotland still to have its original machinery under the stage and features an original Victorian paint frame and related fly system, which is still used today to paint backcloths.
Citizens Theatre Ltd. Registered No. SC022513 and is a Scottish Charity No.SC00133