Countdown to Completion

Corn Exchange & Studio Theatre refurbishment update

Photography by Carlotta Luke

We are now in the finishing stages of major works to refurbish the Grade I and Grade II listed Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre and are excited at the prospect of unveiling our new spaces. Bringing these magnificent buildings back to life is a huge milestone for us, but also for the wider city and for you, our audiences.

Alongside the beautifully restored Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, there will be two new public bar spaces offering an exclusive view into the venue as work takes place inside. Brighton’s own Redroaster will also partner on a new all-day restaurant where visitors can enjoy a meal or drinks before the show.

A new creative space will provide a much-needed home for diverse artists to explore, collaborate and create, with opportunities for audiences to find out more about what’s involved in the process of making new work. This space will be called Anita’s Room, after Dame Anita Roddick, and is made possible following a generous grant from The Roddick Foundation.  

Our performers can expect new backstage facilities and state-of-the-art production technology, including the latest audio technology delivering crystal-clear sound. Creating inclusive venues has been a top priority and as well as improvements to accessibility in public areas, there are some crucial improvements backstage which means it’s much easier for Deaf, Disabled and Visually Impaired/Blind performers to take their places on the stage. 

Plans for what happens inside the venues are also taking shape and we continue to consult with local artists, communities and our audiences to find out what they want to see in the spaces and how they want to use them to create their own work. 

Whether you want to see your favourite artist or upcoming new talent, relax over a drink or bite to eat, hire spaces for private events, or develop new artistic work - these venues are for everyone.

Our funding partners and donors have been vital to the success of this redevelopment and their support is hugely appreciated. We welcome donations and there are still many ways to get involved. You can Name a Seat in the new spaces or ask to ‘Round Up My Round’ next time you buy drinks at the Concert Hall bar – every bit really does help.

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