Lowther Pavilion is set for a new look when the curtain goes up again at the Lytham theatre after its three-week winter break.
While the stage is silent for the majority of this month, work is being carried out to enhance and improve the bar and studio area, while the venue’s car park has also been resurfaced.
The work in the bar had been funded for the most part by £25,000 worth of cash raised by the Friends of Lowther, a charity set up seven years ago to support the venue.
It will see the theatre bar rotated 90 degrees to allow for a great number of customers to be served at peak times and improve the facilities within the studio area, which was used as a performance space for the first time last year and is set to host much more over the coming months.
While comedy, drama and concert evenings have been scheduled by Lowther management for the 100-capacity space, the Friends themselves are set to stage monthly events there, including concerts and talks,
The work to improve the bar and studio represents by far the biggest project yet for the Friends, whose previous projects have included sound and lighting desks for the theatre.
The new-look bar will be officially opened by comedy stars Cannon and Ball ahead of the final performance of the world premier run of Bobby Ball’s play Rock Off Tommy, which runs at Lowther from February 5 to 8.
The first performance at the theatre after the three-week closure is Into The woods, which represents a debut at Lowther for the students of Arnold King Edward Queen Mary School and runs from January 30 to February 1.
Toyah Willcox and Ruby Wax are among a wide variety of attractions to follow and Friends of Lowther vice-chairman Rosie Withers said: “We are really looking forward to a really exciting year.”