Council members approved the plans for the flagship center, allowing the £29 million renovation of an arts facility to move forward.
The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil is intended to be improved as a center for culture by South Somerset District Council.
The project will allow for more seating, new theater and dance studios, and the building of a fly tower to draw larger shows.
The theater will shut down in April, and construction work is expected to start right away.
Adam Burgan, manager of arts and entertainment venues, said, "This is really exciting for us all involved at The Octagon Theatre.".
"Not only will the theater help the neighborhood, but it will also give everyone in Somerset the chance to experience top-notch arts. ".
The request for proposals for the renovation of an arts venue is now open.
Public disclosure of information about the theater's £29 million upgrade plan.
The project, which has already received £10 million in government arts funding, will consist of:.
- increased room for seats in the main auditorium.
- Two new, more compact studio or movie theater spaces.
- The Octagon Academy's new residence will be a dance studio.
- a community studio that provides a different location for extra classes and a rehearsal space.
- an expanded café and bar space.
- upgraded customer and front-of-house spaces.
- access to the backstage area improved.
- Larger visiting companies can use the space thanks to a fly tower for flying scenery.
- a changing area and a restroom for people with special needs.
The redevelopment of The Octagon is seen by Arts Council England as a symbol of local government in Somerset's renewed commitment to the arts, according to Councillor Mike Best, South Somerset District Council's portfolio holder for health and wellbeing.
He continued, "The redevelopment will enhance the arts' capacity to engage the community.". "And there will be chances to build a more thoughtful cultural offer across the country. ".
A year is anticipated for the redevelopment. While work is being done on the Octagon, the Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society and other amateur organizations will relocate to the Westlands entertainment complex.
On the theater's website, you can find more details about the renovation.