Curtain up on Church Hill Theatre refurbishment

Significant investment is being made in the much-loved Church Hill Theatre in Morningside, Edinburgh, with work underway to refurbish and upgrade the venue.

Full roof and external stonework repairs are currently being made to the building, and are due for completion at the end of April. Inside the building, the dressing rooms have been fully redecorated, with new lighting and flooring installed, to improve the experience for the theatre companies which use the venue throughout the year.

Public areas, such as the foyer, toilets and external landscape have also been improved, with the addition of picnic benches to the front and north rear gardens for the summer months.

The final phase of the revamp will be carried out in July with the repair and replacement of the auditorium seating. This will be part of an up-cycling project, taking the existing seating from the Usher Hall.

Owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, Church Hill Theatre is a sister venue to Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and is managed by the same team.

Commenting on the refurbishment, Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Breathing new life into the Church Hill Theatre has long been a shared ambition for both the community and the Council. The refurbishment is a big step forward for the Theatre as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary year and the works being carried out will improve the experience of both audience members and performers. By up-cycling unused chairs and materials from other venues like the Usher Hall, the auditorium’s timeless theatrical look and feel will be retained."

Shona Clelland, general manager added: “The Church Hill Theatre is a historic landmark in Morningside, and has an established reputation as one of Scotland’s leading non-professional theatres. We therefore felt that as some essential maintenance work needed to be done, it was an ideal opportunity to give the building some proper attention rather than just doing the bare minimum. The building means a lot to the local community, and it’s fantastic to see it getting the makeover it deserves, ready for its fiftieth anniversary celebrations later this year.”

The work will be done in quiet periods when the theatre is vacant to minimise disruption for those using the venue. Find out what's on at the Church Hill theatre.


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