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Cafe takes centre stage in theatre revamp
THEATRE chiefs hope to milk Winchester’s ever-growing appetite for skinny lattes.
The Theatre Royal in Jewry Street is planning an overhaul to put its cafe right in the spotlight.
It is currently hidden from public view at the rear of the building, and sits behind the box office.
Bosses are planning to move the box office to the Tower Street end of the venue.
A new entrance would be created, facing Winchester Discovery Centre, for those buying tickets.
The current main doors in Jewry Street would then lead into a reception area and straight into the cafe.
Theatre marketing manager Kate Raines said the exact cost of the scheme was not yet known.
However, she said it would not be “a major sum” and could be covered without any need for fundraising.
And while some parts of the building are listed, they would not be changed in the scheme, she said.
All the same, the theatre recently invited the City of Winchester Trust to the venue to outline its proposals.
If planning permission is granted, the work will be done in August when the theatre is usually quieter.
It normally sets aside a fortnight for maintenance jobs, which would include the front-of-house revamp.
If completed, it would follow a similar move in the recent £3.3m revamp of Winchester Guildhall.
In that scheme, the cafe moved from the back of the venue to the front, and was renamed Eighteen71.
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